COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people and for this reason people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.
Although vaccines are expected to provide good protection against severe COVID-19 disease, protection against mild infection with the Omicron variant seems to decline quickly, even after the booster dose. This spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago. If the number of infections increases over the summer, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.
How to get your spring booster
Those aged 75+ or 12+ with a weakened immune system can now get their Spring Booster at a walk-in vaccination clinic or book via the National Booking Service. You do not need to wait to be invited. People are advised to wait six months since their previous dose to get maximum protection from this booster.
People who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first or second dose will be offered an additional primary dose (third dose) before their booster
Got questions? Find more information about Covid-19 vaccines for people with weakened immune systems here.
COVID-19: A guide to the spring booster for 75 years and older
Download the leaflet for more information. Plus, see below to find out if you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines for people with a weakened immune system.