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How people over the age of 12 will be offered a COVID-19 booster dose.

First published:
25 October 2021
Last updated:

How to get my booster

We are offering a booster dose to:

  • all eligible individuals aged 16 and over
  • children and young people aged 12 to 15 who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed
  • children and young people aged 12 to 17 years who are severely immuno-compromised and who have had a third primary dose

Whilst we continue to roll out our successful booster programme, it is not too late for anyone who needs a first, second or booster dose to be vaccinated. Health boards are actively following up on anyone who has not been able to take up their offer of a booster. 

Please take the appointment offered where possible.

In addition, walk-in clinics may operate in some areas for certain groups. 

Further details will be updated regularly on local health board websites and social media.

You do not need to contact your health board unless you need to rebook. 

Please do not contact your GP to ask about vaccination appointments.

Which vaccine will I be given?

The JCVI has recommended the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine for the booster programme.

The JCVI reviewed data on booster responses from different combinations of COVID-19 vaccines. This has shown both these vaccines are well tolerated as a booster dose and will provide a strong immune response.

This is irrespective of which vaccine was given as a primary dose.

Second spring booster offer to most vulnerable

On 21 February, the JCVI as part of its latest review of the vaccination programme, recommended an additional spring booster dose for the most vulnerable individuals in our society. 

A second booster dose in the spring will be offered to:

  • adults aged 75 years and over
  • residents in a care home for older adults
  • individuals aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed (as defined in in the Green Book)

Health boards are now planning when they can start offering spring booster appointments.

The Spring booster vaccination programme is coming to an end on 30th June 2022.

Health boards will invite everyone that will be 75 yrs old before 30th June 2022 for spring booster appointment.