Covid-19 booster vaccinations
The coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine programme is continuing to be rolled out across the country.
A booster dose helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine and gives you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine?
You can get a booster dose if you had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago.
You can pre-book your booster dose online if it's been 2 months (61 days) since you had your 2nd dose.
There are 3 types of booster for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine:
- A 1st booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, who have had a 2nd dose of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
- A booster dose (4th dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses and who had a 3rd dose of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
- A spring booster of the COVID-19 vaccine is available to people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for older people, or people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system.
If you have not had a booster dose yet, you're still eligible and can book anytime.
People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
When will I be eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine?
You can pre-book your booster dose online if you are in one of the eligible groups providing it has been 2 months since your 2nd dose. You'll be offered appointments from 3 months after the date of your 2nd dose.
Which vaccine will I be offered?
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.
How can I get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?
Anyone over 16, or those age 12-15 who are at a higher risk from Covid-19, can book an appointment online via the national booking system or attend a walk-in vaccination site.
Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a vaccination centre of your choice. This could be a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP surgery.
There are a number of sites across central Lancashire where you can book an appointment for a first, second or booster Covid-19 vaccination through the National Booking System:
- Chorley Hospital Hub, Chorley Hospital, Preston Road, Chorley, PR7 1PP
- Unit 13, Market Walk, Chorley, PR7 1DE, PR7 1DE
- Issa Medical Group, 73 St Gregory Road, Preston, PR1 6YA
- Jubilee House, Lancashire Enterprise Business Park, Leyland, PR26 6TY
- St John's Shopping Centre, Preston, PR1 1FB
- Ribble House, Meanygate, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6UP
The NHS is urging people to book a slot to guarantee their vital jab. Some vaccination sites may offer a walk-in service but the best way to ensure you get a jab is to make an appointment through the national booking service. The NBS is currently facing extremely high demand so if you cannot book at first, the NHS is asking those who are eligible to keep checking for appointments on the booking system as more become available every day.
If you are eligible, you can also attend one of the following walk-in vaccination centres for your Covid-19 booster. Walk in clinics are being updated regulary:
Date: Wednesdays to Saturdays
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Jubilee House, Lancashire Enterprise Business Park, Leyland, PR26 6TY
St John's Shopping Centre:
Date and times:
Mondays to Saturdays 9:20am - 5:30pm | Sundays 10:20am - 3:45pm
Venue: St John's Shopping Centre, Preston, PR1 1FB
Chorley Vaccination Service:
Date: Tuesday, Friday Saturday
Time: 8:30am - 16:00pm (closed 13:00 - 14:00)
Venue: Unit 13, Market Walk, Chorley, PR7 1DE
Lancashire Vaccination Centre - Preston (Closed everyday 1pm-2pm):
Date and Times: Wednesdays and Fridays (8:30am - 7:00pm), Saturdays (9:00am - 5:00pm) and Sundays (10:00am - 5:00pm)
Venue: Unit 1 Eastway Hub Retail Park, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3FB
Chorley and South Ribble Hospital Hub:
Date and times:
Mondays to Saturdays 8:30am - 4:45pm | Sundays 9:30am - 3:45pm
Venue: Preston Road, Chorley, PR7 1PP
Please note, walk-in slots are offered in addition to appointments booked through the National Booking System or local NHS. Please help us by keeping your booked appointment when convenient or cancelling if you can’t make it or are attending a walk-in service.
People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer – but they can book via the national booking system by self-declaring as a member of health and social care staff.
If you or your family member is housebound then specific arrangements will be made to make sure you receive the booster vaccination at home. It can take longer for the home visiting team to visit everyone on their list so please be patient. There is no need to contact the practice.
If you have not yet been contacted to book your booster dose then please do not worry. You will be invited to do so as soon as possible. You do not need to contact your local GP or any other NHS service at this stage
COVID-19 booster vaccine and flu vaccine
Most people who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine are also eligible for the annual flu vaccine.
If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time.
Useful links for further information
- COVID-19 vaccination: booster dose resources - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)