Covid vaccination programme speeds up

Your eligibility and timing for Covid vaccinations are changing in response to the Omicron variant.
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Covid boosters are being extended to all adults under a range of government changes trying to minimise any impact of the new variant Omicron.

"There’s a lot we don’t know about how our vaccine responds to this new variant," said health secretary Sajid Javid on 29 November. 

"But although it’s possible that they may be less effective, it’s highly unlikely they will have no effectiveness at all against serious disease. So it’s really important that we get as many jabs in arms as possible," he added.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Boosters

  • Boosters will be offered to all adults not yet included (18-39-year-olds) by the end of January 2022: wait to be invited or check if your age group has opened on the national booking service

  • 40-49-year-olds have been able to book from 22 Nov 2021

  • Boosters are also still on offer to age 50+ and younger at-risk adults who haven't yet come forward

  • The gap between your second dose and a booster is being cut from 6 to 3 months (although no start date for this change has yet been confirmed)

  • You can make a booster appointment using the national booking service

  • Walk-in boosters have also been available at Broad Street Mall Mass Vaccine Centre

  • Broad Street Mall vaccine centre is open 7 days a week, 9.30am-7pm

First and second vaccine doses

  • 12-15-year-olds to be offered a second vaccine dose, after previously being offered only a single dose - a start date for this change hasn't yet been announced
  • 12-15-year-olds can get their first dose outside of school: book or walk-in (bring a parent or guardian with you)
  • 12-15-year-olds must wait 12 weeks (recently changed from 4 weeks) after any positive PCR test before getting a vaccine
  • 16-17-year-olds will soon be offered a second dose of the vaccine, 12 weeks after their first dose (not the 8 week gap that applies to adults aged 18+)
  • Anybody aged 16+ who still hasn't had their first or second vaccine can still come forward now.
  • Book an appointment or walk-in to Broad Street Mall Mass Vaccine Centre
  • Broad Street Mall vaccine centre is open 7 days a week, 9.30am-7pm

Guidance has been changing quickly so double-check the NHS website to find out if recently announced changes have begun.

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