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OutUK is presenting a special report on the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic as part of our A to Z of Gay Health. Follow any of links provided below for more information direct from the NHS website. You can also view our Previous A to Z Features on everything from relationships, sexual health, mental and physical conditions and how to stay fit.
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Special Report - C : Coronavirus Covid-19
Who can get the vaccine booster

OutUK's Latest Advice on Coronavirus:

There are 2 booster doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine you may be able to get:

  • a booster for everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15
  • a spring booster for people who turned 75 years on or before 30 June 2022, 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.

The following people should wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking another booster:

  • people who turned 75 years on or after 1 July 2022
  • people who had their last booster on or after 21 March 2022

You should still book a booster if you have a weakened immune system.

If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 18 and over, and young people aged 12 to 15 at high risk from COVID-19, need to wait 4 weeks.

Young people aged 16 and 17 who are not at high risk from COVID-19 need to wait for 12 weeks.

If you or your child have symptoms of COVID-19, but have not had a test, you should wait until your symptoms are better before you get the vaccine. You can talk to a healthcare professional at the vaccination site about this.

If you're aged 16 or over and had your 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago, you can:


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If you cannot book an appointment online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

Some children aged 12 to 15 can get a booster dose if they had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago and they either:

  • have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • live with someone who has a weakened immune system

Eligible children can:

If you get vaccinated at a walk-in site, you'll need to bring the letter, text or email inviting you to get a booster dose.

If you do not have an invitation, you can bring a letter from your GP or hospital specialist about your condition, or a letter from the GP or hospital specialist of the person you live with confirming that anyone they live with should get a booster.

If you're not sure if you or your child are at high risk, see who is at high risk from COVID-19.

If you have or had a severely weakened immune system when you had your first 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you may have been offered an additional primary dose (3rd dose) of the vaccine.


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You can get a booster dose from 3 months after you had your additional primary dose.

A GP or your hospital specialist will invite you for your booster dose when it's due.

You can also book your appointment online or go to a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for people with a severely weakened immune system

You will be offered a spring booster if you:

  • are aged 75 and your birthday was on or before 30 June 2022
  • live in a care home for older people
  • are aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system

COVID-19 may affect you more seriously if you are in one of these groups. The spring booster is being offered to help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

When to get your spring booster

You should be contacted by the NHS when you are due a spring booster.

You can have your spring booster if it's been at least 3 months since you had your 2nd dose, booster dose or additional primary dose (3rd dose) if you have a severely weakened immune system.

If you are eligible for a spring booster, but have not had a 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible.

If you have a severely weakened immune system you need to get an additional primary dose (3rd dose) before you get a booster.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine for people with a severely weakened immune system

How to get your spring booster

You should be contacted by the NHS and invited to book your spring booster when it's due.

You can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site (to get vaccinated without needing an appointment) if you are:

  • aged 75 and your birthday was on or before 30 June 2022
  • aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system

If you think you're eligible for a spring booster but have not been invited, you can book a vaccination or find a walk-in site near you.

If you live in a care home for older people, contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination spring boosters for those aged 75 years and older residents in care homes on GOV.UK

COVID-19 booster dose and flu vaccine

Some people who can get a booster dose of the COVID-19 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.

Find out more about the flu vaccine

OutUK's Latest Advice on Coronavirus:

We have covered many subjects in this series and you can read all our Previous A to Z Features on everything from personal relationships, sexual health, mental and physical conditions and how to stay fit.

If you want to find out more about Coronavirus Covid-19 you can visit the Original article on the NHS website. If you are worried by any aspect of your health make sure you go and see your doctor or book an appointment at your local clinic.

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