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Frequently Asked Questions about spring boosters

This page answers the key questions about the spring booster programme.

COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason, people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster. 

JCVI’s advice is that people should wait until around six months since their last dose for maximum effectiveness, and people are asked to wait until they are invited by the NHS to book. People should wait to be contacted by the NHS. The NHS will begin inviting people from the week beginning 21st March and will offer a top-up dose to all who are eligible during Spring and early Summer. 

The NHS will invite you to book your COVID-19 spring booster around six months after your last dose. You can book through www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.

Some walk-in clinics in our area now also offer spring boosters. Visit our walk-in page here to find a location near you.

If you are eligible for a spring booster and you are registered as housebound with your GP practice, the NHS will contact you to arrange your vaccination. You do not need to do anything to arrange this yourself.

If you are not yet registered as housebound with your GP practice, but you are or have become housebound, please contact your GP practices so that they can update your records.

Yes. You still need to get a booster dose of the vaccine for extra protection, even if you have recently recovered from COVID-19.

If you have recently recovered from the virus, you will need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. People will need to wait:

  • 4 weeks (28 days) if they are aged 18 years old or over, or aged 5 to 17 years old and at greater risk from COVID (as defined in UKHSA’s Green Book – see table 3 and table 4 here)
  • 12 weeks (84 days) if they are aged 12 to 17 years old and not at greater risk from COVID (as defined in UKHSA’s Green Book – see table 3 and table 4 here)

Vaccines have enabled the gradual and safe removal of restrictions on everyday life over the past year.

Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, we are able to get back to doing the things we love. However, COVID-19 is still out there and there are still people in hospital unwell with the virus.

Make sure you stay up to date with your vaccines for the best possible protection and for extra reassurance that you’re keeping yourself and others safe.  

The NHS will be delivering a Spring Booster in England to those who are most vulnerable from COVID-19, including people aged 75 and over. The NHS is also preparing to deliver an autumn dose of the vaccine, but whether this happens will depend on future recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.  

It’s never too late to come forward for your first, second or (if you were immunosuppressed at the time of one of these) a third dose of the vaccine. You do not need to be registered with a GP and can find a walk-in option, book an appointment or more information at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccine or by calling 119 (translators are available into different languages on request). 

The NHS vaccinates people in line with recommendations on who is eligible from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), as accepted by government. 

We would ask that you consider asking a member of your household, a friend or a relative to drive you to the appointment if you think they may be able to help in the first instance, as our volunteer driver team will have limited capacity.

If you do need help from the Local Authority’s voluntary travel support service, you can access this service online via http://bit.ly/Cambstransport. You can also call them between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday on 0345 045 5219 to book your transport.  Where possible, most transport providers ask for a minimum of 24 hours notice for bookings.

No. Vaccinations will only be available through the NHS for the moment. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the Police 101 service and/or Local Trading Standards.
This information is correct as at: 20/04/2022