Coronavirus booster vaccine

Autumn booster

Why do I need a booster jab?

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A booster jab is an extra dose of a vaccine .

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A vaccine is medicine that helps your body to fight an infection in the future.

Several calendar months

After a while, most vaccines do not work as well as when they are first injected into your body.

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The government says that a booster jab will make it less likely that you will need to go to hospital if you get coronavirus. 

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The booster jab people can get at the moment is called the autumn booster.

Who can have the autumn booster?

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You can have the autumn booster if you are:

  • 75 years old or over
  • living in a care home for older people
  • 5 years old or over and have a weak immune system
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Your immune system is how your body fights off infections, like a cold or the flu.

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You can also have the autumn booster if:

  • you work in health or social care and see  the people you support
  • you are a paid or unpaid carer aged 16 or over
  • someone in your family has a weak immune system

Who should not have the autumn booster?

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You should not have your autumn booster if you are unwell or if you have coronavirus.

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If you are unwell, wait until you feel better.

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If you have coronavirus, it is a good idea to wait for 4 weeks before you have your autumn booster.

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If you were very unwell after a coronavirus vaccination, you should talk to your GP to see if it is a good idea to have the autumn booster.

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If you live in a care home, talk to a member of staff or the manager about how to get your booster.

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Reasonable adjustments

If you are having a vaccination, we have made an easy read about the vaccine reasonable adjustments you could ask for.