Like some other vaccines, levels of protection may decline over time. Booster doses help boost your antibodies and give you good protection from becoming seriously ill or needing to go to hospital if you catch COVID-19.
Who can get a booster dose:
The NHS should contact you if you’re eligible for a seasonal booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this spring.
You may be offered a seasonal booster if you:
- are aged 75 or over (you need to have turned 75 on or before 30 June 2023)
- live in a care home for older adults
- are aged 5 or over and have a weakened immune system
People who have a weakened immune system can include those who had or have:
- a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
- an organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant
- HIV infection at all stages
- a genetic disorder affecting the immune system
- a treatment such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- certain medicines that increase your risk of infection, such as azathioprine, dexamethasone, prednisolone, ciclosporin or mycophenolate (depending on your dosage)
- a long-term immunosuppressive treatment for conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, scleroderma and psoriasis
This list is a summary and does not cover everything. There are other health conditions and treatments that may mean you have a weakened immune system. If you’re unsure, speak to a pharmacist, GP or your specialist for advice.
If you need support to book your Covid vaccination booster please ask to speak to our Wellbeing team where our Social Prescribers will be happy to assist you.