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People 40 and Over To Get Their Lifesaving Booster Jab Three Months on From Second Dose

People aged 40 and over, along with those in high risk groups, will be able to book in for their life-saving Covid booster jab three months after their second dose as the NHS vaccine programme is extended today.


The online booking system for vaccines will be updated this morning and details will be updated on the system throughout the day.

People in those groups no longer have to wait six months after their second dose to top up their protection. From today, people in their forties can book their top up jab a month advance - two months on from their second dose.


All eligible adults can now book their life-saving booster jab two months (61 days) after their second dose using the NHS national booking system, getting their top-up in protection three months (91 days) on from their second dose following updated JCVI guidance. People can book their vaccine by booking online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119, and GP practices are also inviting those who are eligible.


Almost seven million people will be able to book appointments from today as part of the booster push which comes amid a renewed threat from the Omicron variant. The rollout comes exactly a year since the NHS made history by delivering the world’s first Pfizer jab and the first national Covid vaccination programme.


Hundreds of hospitals are already jabbing their staff and have now been asked to vaccinate other local NHS workers, eligible patients, and social care staff as well as the programme expands. Around 30 hospitals are already offering jabs to the public through the national booking service with more set to open. There are almost 3,000 vaccination sites across the country – 1,300 more than in February, with an additional 300 pharmacies coming online in recent weeks as the programme enters the most complex stage of the rollout.


In line with JCVI guidance, the NHS is inviting people most at risk from the virus first and is working through age groups in stages before opening up to other age groups. The NHS is asking people to keep checking for appointments once the system updates, as more become available every day. The NHS intends to offer every eligible adult an opportunity to book in for their booster jab by the end of January.


UKHSA and NHSE have worked in partnership to ensure that the necessary clinical guidance is in place to ensure a large number of people can deliver the next phase of the booster programme in vaccination centres up and down the country. 

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.