Most adults in England have had their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, many can get a booster vaccine for extra protection, six months after their original doses.
Those who can have their booster include people aged 40 and over, frontline health and care workers, unpaid carers, and those with a health condition that puts them at high risk from the virus, or who live with others at higher risk of infection.
The NHS will continue to contact people directly to let them know when it is their turn to get their booster vaccine. The NHS opened the National Booking Service on Monday 22 November. People this age are also to able to make a booking by calling 119, or to use the NHS online vaccine walk-in finder to find one of hundreds of convenient sites across the country that require no appointment. The finder shows which doses are offered at each location and to which age groups.
Since Monday 8 November, it has been possible for eligible people to pre-book a booster vaccine five months after their second dose. People will still get this jab six months after their second dose, but this change is speeding up the rate of vaccination as people can book a convenient appointment for the day they become eligible, rather than waiting.
Read the below FAQs about the COVID-19 booster for 40-49-year-olds.