People who are at greater risk from COVID-19, including over 50s, those with underlying health conditions, carers and health and social care workers are being called forward to receive booster vaccinations to top up their protection ahead of winter.
Covid-19 booster vaccinations are being offered to people in the eligible categories if they received their second vaccination 182 days (six months and one week) ago.
There are three main ways for eligible people to access their booster vaccination:
The NHS will contact you to let you know when you are eligible to use the National Booking System by going online or calling 119.
You may receive a text or a letter inviting you to use the system, where you will be able to log on to the website or book over the phone.
You will be able to see available appointments at vaccination centres, pharmacy led services, and some GP led services.
If you are eligible and it’s been longer than 182 days since your last vaccine dose, but you have not been contacted yet, please try to book your appointment on www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or if you can’t use the website, by calling 119.
The system is being updated every day, so do not worry if it currently says you are not eligible, please keep trying.
Some GP vaccination services are not using the National Booking System to arrange their appointments. If this is the case for your GP service, they will contact you directly to book your appointment.
If you fit the eligible criteria and had your second vaccination over 182 days ago (six months and a week) you can attend any walk in vaccination service near you. No need to book an appointment, you can simply turn up.
No NHS number or ID is required but it does speed things up if you do have your NHS number with you. Health and care workforce will be asked to show their work ID.
A spokesperson from Sussex Covid-19 Vaccination Programme said:
“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to receive their COVID-19 booster when it is their turn.
“There are a number of ways to get yours but to keep it simple, you can use the National Booking System from six months and a week and see a range of services; your local service may not be there and if it isn’t, you will be contacted directly. Don’t forget, you can go to a walk in session without needing an appointment if you’re eligible.
“It is important that those most at risk of serious illness receive a booster vaccination ahead of the winter period. If it has been six months since your second Covid-19 vaccination, your immunity to the virus will be beginning to drop.
“There are plenty of vaccines available and the roll out of boosters is steady to ensure our teams can also continue to provide first and second doses to those who still need them.
“If you have not yet been able to get an appointment, please keep trying. Don’t worry – you will not miss out.”
If you’re unsure how to access your booster vaccination or if you’re having trouble booking an appointment, please call our vaccine enquiry phone line on 0800 433 4545 (open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday).
It is important to note that all Covid-19 vaccinations are free and the NHS will never ask you to pay for your vaccination.
The following people are eligible for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the same order as the first part of the vaccination programme.
You must have a six months and a week (182 days) gap between your second Covid vaccination and your booster. Anyone in the eligible categories can get a vaccination by booking an appointment online or attending a walk in session