What is a booster jab?

For the most up to date information, please visit the NHS website.

You can now book your booster dose online if you're over 16 years or over, and it has been three months after the date of your second dose. For those aged 12 to 15 there are additional criteria to be eligible for a booster vaccine. These criteria are detailed on the NHS website.

COVID-19 autumn booster

This autumn, people aged 50 years and older, those living or working in care homes for older people, people aged 16 to 49 years old and are carers, those aged five years and over in a clinical risk group, as well as frontline health and social care staff will be offered a booster of COVID-19 vaccine to increase their protection against COVID-19 ahead of winter. This is in addition to any other COVID-19 boosters already administered. You should wait at least three months after your last dose of vaccine before getting your COVID-19 autumn booster.

Eligible patients will be offered an appointment between September and December 2022. You can book your COVID-19 autumn booster online now if you’re aged 65 or over, at higher risk or are pregnant, a frontline health and social care worker, a carer or you live with someone who has a weakened immune system.

To find out more about the COVID-19 autumn booster or to book an appointment or find your local walk-in site, visit the NHS website.

Booster jabs are an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. This is to help extend the protection offered by the primary COVID-19 vaccination course, as there is some evidence that the effectiveness of the vaccine wanes over time. 

Boots will support NHS England to deliver the COVID-19 booster vaccinations and will be offering these at special vaccination hubs across some of our pharmacy stores. To book your first, second or a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the NHS booking system.

Will I be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at Boots?

Boots opened its first COVID-19 vaccination site in Halifax on 14 January 2021. Today, we offer COVID-19 vaccinations at over 50 pharmacies across England.

Patients will be invited directly by the NHS to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment at a range of locations across the country, including many Boots Pharmacies. 

For the very latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the government website.

For more information on our Northern Ireland COVID-19 Vaccination Service, and to book an appointment, please click here.

What is a vaccine?

A vaccine is a type of medicine that trains the body’s immune system to fight a disease. Unlike most medicines, which are designed to treat or cure diseases, vaccines help prevent them.

How do vaccines work?

Usually given as an injection, vaccines teach your immune system how to create antibodies that protect you from diseases. It's much safer for your immune system to learn this through receiving a vaccine, rather than through catching a disease and treating it.​​​​​​​

How long do vaccines provide immunity for?

Immunity provided by a vaccine can vary. Some vaccines – like for polio – can offer long-term protection (although a booster dose is often required), while other vaccines – like for the flu – are needed every year. This is because some viruses, including the flu virus, change regularly, and new vaccines are produced to match the latest versions.

Will the COVID-19 vaccines be safe?

You may be worried about how safe a vaccine, which has been developed so quickly, is. It’s important to remember that the NHS wouldn’t offer a vaccination to the public unless it was deemed safe to do so.

All COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in the UK, have gone through clinical trials and would not be offered if they were not safe. Millions of people worldwide have had a COVID-19 vaccine and the safety of the vaccines continues to be monitored. 

What is 'herd immunity'?

When a large number of the population becomes immune to a disease, the spread of that disease slows down or can come to a stop. This is called ‘herd immunity’ or ‘community immunity’.

If enough people are vaccinated, it’s harder for a disease, such as COVID-19, to spread and ‘herd immunity’ is achieved.

Will I have to have the COVID-19 vaccine?

From meningitis to measles, there are lots of vaccines that the NHS recommends we have. The NHS hasn’t made any vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, compulsory, but it’s important to remember that they’re a key part of keeping you safe and protected against certain illnesses.


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