Are you eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine?

By Amanda Wilkins - 13 May 2024


The Government has issued a new guide to the spring 2024 Covid-19 vaccination campaign.

Covid-19 is more serious in older people and those with certain underlying health conditions.

For these reasons, people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes, and those aged six months and over with a weakened immune system, are being offered a spring dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

A spokesperson said: "You should be offered an appointment between April and June, with those at highest risk being called in first. You will be invited to have your booster around 6 months after your last dose, but you can have it as soon as three months.

"If you are turning 75 years of age between April and June, you do not have to wait until your birthday, you can attend when you are called for vaccination.

"You will be given a booster dose of a vaccine made by Pfizer or Moderna and approved in the UK. These vaccines have been updated since the original vaccines and target a different Covid-19 variant.

"These updated vaccines boost protection well, and give slightly higher levels of antibody against the more recent strains of Covid-19 (Omicron).

"The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have concluded that the vaccine used in the later weeks of the autumn 2023 programme should be used, as they cannot predict which variants of Covid-19 will be circulating this spring and summer.

"For those eligible, your GP may offer you the vaccine or you can book using the NHS app. You can also find your nearest walk-in vaccination site from the NHS website."

People can Find out more here.




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