This page answers the key questions about the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination booster programme in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and is correct at the time of writing this post - 22nd Nov 2021 -
Who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster?
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago. This includes:
people aged 40 and over
people who live and work in care homes
frontline health and social care workers
people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
If you're not sure if you have a health condition that puts you at high risk, see who is at high risk from COVID-19.
What vaccine will the COVID-19 booster be?
Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.
This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.
Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
When will I be able to book my COVID-19 booster?
You can book your COVID-19 booster dose online via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119 if it's been 5 months (152 days) since you had your 2nd dose and you are:
aged 40 and over
aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
A frontline health or social care worker
You'll be offered appointment dates from 6 months after the date of your 2nd dose.
Where will I be able to have my COVID-19 booster?
Boosters are being delivered through:
Local vaccination services co-ordinated by those primary care networks who are part of the programme at present; and
Large scale vaccination centres and community pharmacies across the country, ensuring people can access a booster dose regardless of where they live.
We have started to offer walk-in clinics for booster vaccinations, with more sites being announced over the coming days. Please check www.thevaccinators.co.uk for further details.
The following Primary Care Networks are currently taking part in the COVID-19 vaccination booster programme.
Why can't I find an appointment at the vaccination site nearest to my home address?
The national COVID-19 vaccination booking service only shows sites where appointments are currently available. This means you will not see local sites on the national booking service website where they are fully booked at present.
If you cannot select a large scale vaccination site near you when you access the national booking service, you can either choose to book at an alternative location which still has appointments available, or try again later to see if appointments at a site that is nearer to you have become available.
You can also choose to walk in to have your booster at one of our booster walk-in sites. You can find sites that are offering booster walk-ins via www.thevaccinators.co.uk, or by visiting the CCG webpage regarding walk-ins here.
Will I get the Flu jab and COVID-19 booster at the same time?
The JCVI has advised that the flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (given at the same time). In our area, co-administration may be offered if you are invited to have your booster at a GP-led vaccination hub. If you book your booster online via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119, you will not be given the flu vaccine at the same time as your booster.
It is important people take up the offer of both vaccines when they receive it, so people are encouraged to get both vaccinations as soon as possible rather than waiting for the possibility of getting them together.