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Eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 vaccination programme and the autumn 2022 booster.

First published:
30 September 2022
Last updated:

Eligibility for autumn 2022 booster programme

This autumn, we are offering a COVID-19 booster dose to:

  • residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all adults aged 50 years and over
  • persons aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group (as defined in in the Green Book (
  • persons aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression (as defined in in the Green Book (
  • persons aged 16 to 49 who are carers

Health boards are inviting all eligible individuals. You can change or re-book your vaccination appointment online. Please do not contact your health board unless you need to rebook and cannot do this online. Please do not contact your GP to ask about COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Some vulnerable groups will be offered both flu and COVID-19 vaccines during the same appointment. Where this is not possible, we will ensure you are aware of where and how to get both these vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccination for ages 12 and over

If you have not had a first vaccination dose, it is not too late to arrange your vaccination now.

Please contact your local health board to arrange an appointment or follow their social media.

Vaccination will:

  • protect you from serious illness during a COVID-19 infection
  •  significantly reduce risk of complications from a long COVID illness
  • help protect our health and care services
  • increase immunity in those at highest risk of COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccination for children

Children aged 5 to 11 are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination if they:

  • turned 5 on or before the 31 August or
  • are considered to be in the at risk category (as defined in in the Green Book (

Eligible children are given a lower dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

There should be an interval of at least 12 weeks between the 2 doses of the children’s vaccine.