Covid-19 Vaccinations Booster - Why You Are Being
Offered a Covid-19- Booster You can use this service to pre-book
a booster dose of the vaccine if it's been 2 months
(61 days) since your 2nd dose and you're in one of
18 years and over
16 or 17 years old with a health condition
that puts you at risk from Covid-19
16 or 17 years old and a frontline health
and social care worked
Although you can pre-book a
booster from 2 months (61 days) after your
2nd dose, the appointment dates you'll be
offered will be from 3 months (91 days) after
your 2nd dose.
If you've had the
3rd does for people with a severly weakened
immune system If you've had the 3rd dose
for people with a severely weakened immune
system, you'll be eligible for a booster dose
from 3 months (91 days) after your 3rd dose.
You cannot book a booster using
this service yet, but your GP or hospital
specialist will invite you for a booster when
You can also find a walk-in
coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site and
attend any walk-in site offering boosters
if you have a letter from your GP or hospital
specialist inviting you for either a 3rd dose
or a booster following your 3rd dose.
You must take your letter with
you to the walk-in site.
About booking your
vaccine We'll ask you some questions
and offer an appointment for a single dose
of the COVID-19 vaccine, based on your previous
vaccinations and the answers you give us.
If you have not had any doses
of the vaccine yet and you're aged 18 years
old or over, you'll be able to book both your
1st and 2nd dose appointments at the same
If you've had a positive Covid-19
test If you've had a positive COVID-19 test,
you need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine.
You need to:
Wait 4 weeks (28
days) if you're aged 18 years old or over
Wait 12 weeks
(84 days) if you're aged 12 to 17 years old
Wait 4 weeks (28
days) if you're aged 12 to 17 years old and at high-risk
This starts from the date
you had symptoms, or the date of the positive
test if you did not have any symptoms.
Please choose a suitable
appointment date when booking. You can also
cancel and rebook an existing appointment for
a later date if needed.
Common Side Effects As with your previous dose
the common side effects are the same for all
COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK, and include:
a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness
in the arm where you had your injection
– this tends to be worst around 1
to 2 days after the vaccine
aches, or mild flu like symptoms
You can rest and take paracetamol
(follow the dose advice in the packaging) to help
make you feel better. Although feeling feverish is
not uncommon for 2 to 3 days, a high temperature is
unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another
Although a fever can occur within
a day or two of vaccination, if you have any other
COVID-19 symptoms or your fever lasts longer, stay
at home and arrange to have a test. Symptoms following
vaccination normally last less than a week. If your
symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned,
you can call NHS 111.
Serious Side Effects Worldwide, there have also been
recent, very rare cases of inflammation of the heart
called myocarditis or pericarditis reported after
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
These cases have been seen mostly in
younger men within several days after vaccination.
Most of these people recovered and felt better following
rest and simple treatments.
You should seek medical advice urgently
if, after vaccination, you experience:
of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding
If you had serious side effects
after any previous dose you may be advised to avoid
or delay further vaccination. You should discuss this
with your doctor or specialist.
Those Who Shouldn't Have
a Boooster There are very few people who should
not have a booster.
If you have had a severe reaction
to a previous dose of the vaccine you should discuss
this with your doctor.
Can You Still Catch Covid-19
After Having The Vaccine The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce
the chance of you suffering from COVID-19. It may
take a few days for your body to build up some protection
from the booster.
Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely
effective – some people may still get COVID-19
despite having a vaccination, but this should be less
If You Have Not Had The
First Vaccinnations If you have not yet had either
of your first 2 doses of the vaccine you should have
them as soon as possible.
You will still need the booster but
the timing of it will depend on when you had your
first 2 doses.