BOOSTERS

Who is eligible for a booster?

All patients aged 50 years and over, and those aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk from Covid-19 will be invited for a booster, 6 months after their 2nd dose. Front line health and social care workers if they are 6 month post 2nd vaccine dose are also being invited for boosters.

https://www.nhs.uk/…/who-is-at-high-risk-from-coronavirus/

When will I be invited?

The NHS is inviting people by email, letter and text message to book at https://www.nhs.uk/…/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of…/ or by calling 119. St Leonard’s clinics are inviting by email, text message and phone call. This will be done in order of those who have received their second dose at least six months ago. If you are offered a booked appointment, and you have already arranged a booster through another route, please do cancel the appointment at St Leonards.

Which vaccine will I get?

In line with the JCVI advice, you will be offered Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, although more likely the Pfizer. This is recommended even if you had a different vaccine for your first and second dose. If you are unable to have the Pfizer vaccine (e.g. had an anaphylactic reaction to this) please contact us.

Will I need to wait afterwards?

Yes. The MHRA requires us to observe patients for 15 minutes post administration of the Pfizer vaccine.

I’m unable to attend the clinics being offered at St Leonard’s Hospital – what can I do?

Please use the online national booking system or call 119 or the website below and you can arrange to attend an alternative site. You can only book if it’s been at least 6 months since your 2nd dose.

https://www.nhs.uk/…/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of…/

I’ve recently had Covid can I still book in for my booster?

Please do not book into a clinic within 4 weeks of your positive covid result.

Can I have another vaccine, such as flu, within 7 days of my Covid Booster?

Yes, with the exception of Shingles vaccine please leave a 7 day gap between any shingles and COVID vaccine bookings.

Why can’t I see my COVID booster on the NHS App?

The NHS App does not yet have the function to show a 3rd or booster dose – we understand plans are in place to update this soon. Your medical record will be updated with this information.

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