How do I book Covid booster vaccine and who can get one?

BRITS are set for a challenging winter and have been urged to come forward for their coronavirus booster jab when they are invited.

It was last night announced that all Brits aged 18-39 would be eligible for a booster in the coming weeks.

The announcement was made after more cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in the UK.

But many Brits last night rushed to book their jabs, only to be told they were not yet eligible.

This is because if you are under the age of 40, the NHS will contact you when it's time for you to come forward.

Health minister Gillian Keegan said the booking of booster jabs for all adults would open in age order.

She said: "So we'll do the top age groups, you know, the older people first."

"I think probably what will happen is the next cohort will be invited forward and then they'll be given, you know, some timeframes.

"But within the next couple of months… we are pretty good at this, standing up these operations, so we do know what to do but we just need to give the NHS a bit of time to operationalise… because we're doubling the eligible people, more or less, who are due a booster now."

Pharmacies, GP practices and large community sites are offering slots. But people eligible can also turn up to a walk-in centre.

Getting a third vaccine shot will ensure you have the optimal level of protection against Covid this winter.

The Sun is also urging Brits to come forward for their booster jabs after launching the Give Britain a Booster campaign.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “NHS staff are making it as easy as possible for people to get their top-up vaccination.

“The booster is not just a nice to have – it is really important protection ahead of what we know will be a challenging winter.

"So if you are eligible, please do check the site finder and go get your jab.”

How to book your booster vaccine

First you need to go to the dedicated NHS booking site – you can only book through this is you are 40 years or older or you have a medical condition which puts you in the vulnerable category.

When you book your jab, you’ll only need to select a time and day for one slot – unlike booking the first and second dose when you were asked to book them both at once.

If you have recently had coronavirus then you should wait four weeks before booking your appointment. 

To book your appointment you need to click the green “book now” button.

You'll then be asked if you know your NHS number or not. 

If you have your NHS number it will make it a little bit faster to book, if not you then have to fill out all of your personal details.

People can also book by calling 119.

Text invites will come from NHSvaccine and will include a link to the NHS website, enabling anyone eligible to book an appointment at a convenient site nearby.

People who have not received their invitation can book an appointment on the NHS website or call 119.

Walk in centre

If you don't want to book a slot for your booster you can go to one of the hundreds of walk-in-sites across the country that are now offering booster vaccines as the NHS "Grab-a-Jab" campaign returns.

Brits can use the NHS online walk-in finder to find the most convenient site to get their top-up without an appointment.

Walk in centres are also offering vaccinations to 12-15 year olds to get their jab, and parents should check the "Grab-a-Jab" website to find their nearest centre, which is updated each day as new sites open up. 

Parents can continue to use the national booking service to book their child’s jab or through the ongoing schools programme.

The NHS is also encouraging the public to use NHS 111 online to get urgent medical advice quickly – ahead of what England’s top doctor says will be a "winter like no other".

Who can book a booster?

Only those who had their second coronavirus vaccine dose six months ago are eligible for a booster shot, because immunity starts to wane at this point.

However, you don't have to wait until the six-month mark to book, as the NHS is sending invitations to arrive at five months after the second dose.

People who will be invited for a booster include:

  • people aged 40 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

Frontline health or social care workers can book a booster dose appointment online and do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer.

How Omicron impacts boosters

The discovery of a new variant of concern, Omicron has pushed the government to change the rules in the UK.

Face masks and coverings are once again mandatory in shops and on public transport.

Last night Brits were also told they would be getting their booster jabs early – but that they could not have it less than three months after their second dose.

An NHS spokesperson said: “The NHS is having to work at extreme pace to respond to this new variant and to put in place the next and most complex phase of the successful Covid-19 vaccination programme.

“Following updated guidance from the JCVI, the NHS will shortly set out how staff will expand the booster programme – this will include how booster jabs will be given in priority order so that the most vulnerable people are protected first, while also increasing capacity to vaccinate millions more people in a shorter space of time.

“The NHS will contact you when you are due to book in for your lifesaving booster vaccination, and when you get the call, it’s vital that people come forward as quickly as possible.”

Outside of England

In Scotland, you will recieve a letter inviting you to book your booster vaccine.

If you're an eligible frontline health and social care worker, you can book your coronavirus booster online at

Public Health Wales says the NHS will be in contact with you to let you know when and where to have the vaccine.

If you are at the six month mark, and have not been contacted yet, you could try reaching your local health board.

In Northern Ireland, the programme will primarily be delivered by GPs and community pharmacies.

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