Most vulnerable to be offered COVID-19 booster vaccines from next week

Date published: 15 September 2021

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust welcomes the announcement on 14 September that millions of vulnerable people are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from next week.

The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised.

However, there will be flexibility in the programme, allowing all those eligible to receive their booster from 6 months after their second doses. This approach will allow more vulnerable people to be given their boosters quicker.

The move will ensure the protection vaccines provide for those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 will be maintained over the winter months.

The Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, said:

“Our vaccine roll-out has been phenomenal. It’s vital that we do everything we can to prolong the protection our vaccines offer, particularly for those most vulnerable to COVID-19 as we head into the autumn and winter months. I have today accepted the advice from the independent experts at the JCVI to offer a booster vaccine to those most at risk.

The booster programme will start next week thanks to the extensive preparations the NHS has already made to ensure booster jabs can be rolled out as quickly as possible.

I urge all those eligible to get their COVID-19 and flu vaccines as soon as they can, so you have the strongest possible protection over the winter months.”

Vaccinations will begin next week and the NHS will contact people directly to let them know when it is their turn to get their booster vaccine.

NHS England will outline further details on deployment shortly. Plans for the roll-out will use the existing networks in place for the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including:

  • local vaccination services co-ordinated by primary care networks and community pharmacies
  • vaccination centres across the country, ensuring people can access a booster dose regardless of where they live

There will be no vaccination on site for the general public. Small, specific groups of patients will be eligible and they will be approached by clinical teams.