Spring booster vaccines are being offered to people aged 75 years old and over, those who live in a care home for older people, and people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system.
COVID-19 can cause more serious illness for people in these groups. The spring booster is being offered to help reduce their risk of getting seriously unwell with COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and others from serious illness, but the vaccine’s protection does wear off over time. That’s why it’s important to get all the recommended doses.
Should I get it now?
Millions of people have now been vaccinated against Covid. The vaccine is the best defence against the virus, so the sooner you're vaccinated, the sooner you’ll begin to protect yourself and your community. Vaccinating as many people as possible should reduce the levels of local infections too.
Will it give me Covid?
You can’t catch Covid from the vaccine. It may take a few weeks for your body to build up protection against the virus, but it will reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill. You need to have both doses for maximum protection.
Has it been tested?
The approved vaccines have met strict standards of safety and quality. They have been tested on tens of thousands of volunteers in multiple clinical trials and given to millions of people. Reports of serious side effects have been extremely rare, but some vaccines may be recommended for people under 40.