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Covid booster: Who can get another jab this autumn?


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Covid infections in the UK are rising, as are the numbers of people in hospital as a result.

Those who qualify are being urged to have a booster jab.

Who can have an autumn booster?

A further dose is available to:

  • adults aged 50 and over
  • people aged five to 49 with health conditions which put them at higher risk – including pregnant women
  • care home staff
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • carers aged 16 to 49
  • household contacts of people with weakened immune system

Anyone aged 16 or over – or an at-risk child aged 12 to 15 – who has had both primary jabs can have a first booster.

Which vaccine will people get?

However, health officials say people should take whichever booster they are offered, as all vaccines provide protection against becoming severely ill or dying from Covid.

First and second vaccine doses are either AstraZeneca or (for under-40s) Pfizer or Moderna.

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As happened in 2021, many people will be offered a free flu jab along with their Covid booster

Which children can get jabbed?

  • all 12 to 15-year-olds are offered two doses of Pfizer
  • all 16 and 17-year-olds can have a booster, three months after their second jab
  • 12 to 15-year-olds in an at-risk group, or who live with someone with a weakened immune system, can have a booster

How do I book my Covid vaccine?

Carers of five to 11-year-olds in Scotland and Wales should wait to be offered an appointment.

You should leave eight weeks between your first and second dose, and at least 12 weeks before having a booster.

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How many people have been vaccinated?

More than five million people – about 22% of those aged 50 and over in England – have received an autumn booster.

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Some pregnant women complained they weren’t given enough information about the Covid jab

How long after Covid can I have a jab?

Under-18s who are not at higher risk from Covid should wait 12 weeks.

You should not have a jab if you have a severe illness or high fever.

The vaccines do not infect you with Covid and cannot cause positive results on a Covid test.

What are the side effects?

They are part of the body’s normal immune response to vaccines and tend to resolve within a day or two.

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Why it is normal for some people to experience short-term side effects from Covid-19 vaccines

You should discuss any existing serious allergies with your healthcare professional before being vaccinated.

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