The COVID-19 vaccination national booking system is now open for frontline health and social care staff to book a booster vaccine appointment through self-referral.
Although you can pre-book a booster dose from 2 months (61 days) after your 2nd dose, the appointment dates you’ll be offered will be from 3 months (91 days) after your 2nd dose.
The booster is only available to those staff who are in a frontline role and are in direct contact with those who need social care support. This is in accordance with the government’s ‘Green Book’.
Eligible frontline health care workers
Frontline Social Care Workers
This means you currently work in a care home for older or working age adults or you provide face-to-face care or support to individuals at higher risk from COVID-19 (adults or children who are clinically extremely vulnerable or those over the age of 16 who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19).
Health and Social Care Workers aged 16 – 17 ¾ years
As outlined in the Green Book and protocol for the administration of Pfizer vaccine Health and Social Care Workers aged 16 -17 should receive two doses as part of the main roll out. Then Health and Social Care Workers aged 16 and over who have direct contact with patients, clients or service users are eligible to receive a third dose booster vaccination.
Please speak to your employer, if you’re not sure. If you are employed by a Trust, you should follow their guidance on booking in the first instance.
For some staff however, they may still be eligible for the booster because of other government criteria that they may individually meet, such as those who are clinical vulnerable.
Eligible staff can book their appointment online or by ringing 119. Please don’t worry that the online information says wait to be invited. You should regard this communication as your invite. You do not need to be contacted individually by the NHS.
As part of the booking process, you will need to self-declare you are a frontline health or social care worker. You may need to explain the role/work that you do and give the name of your employer.
When booking, you will be told what evidence you will need to provide at the vaccination site as proof of employment. We understand that this will be one of the following:
Please note, you will only be vaccinated if official proof is presented. Proof of evidence will also be required if you access your booster through a local booking service or walk-in clinic.
Please remember you can only get your booster six months after your second vaccination.
So please check when that was and make sure you book after the six-month period.
You will not be able to use the national booking system until you are at six months.
We recommend that if you are eligible, to please go ahead and get your COVID-19 booster vaccination.
The following are eligible:
The following, however, are currently not eligible