Which vaccine do I need?

Updated 21 March 2022

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility summary

If you have had Covid-19, you need to wait for the following time before having a vaccination:

  • 5-17s in highest risk groups – minimum of 4 weeks from when symptoms started/testing positive
  • Under 18s – minimum of 12 weeks from when symptoms started/testing positive
  • 18 and over – minimum of 4 weeks from when symptoms started/testing positive

Spring boosters

People aged 75 and over, care home residents and people with weakened immune systems are now being offered their Spring Booster. This follows the recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that an extra dose should be offered to these groups to make sure those at greatest risk continue to have high levels of protection against COVID-19.

If you are eligible for an extra booster, the NHS will contact you when it is your turn with details of how to make an appointment. People are being prioritised according to when their had their previous booster and by clinical need so please wait to hear and do not contact your GP practice or other NHS services. Everyone who is eligible will be contacted between 21 March and early Summer, depending on when they had their last booster.

Once invited, people will be able to book an appointment at a convenient vaccination centre. Some people may also be contacted by their GP practice and offered an appointment but not all GP services are offering this service so please only contact your GP about a spring booster if you receive an invitation.

If you haven’t had your previous booster, you can visit www.nhs.uk/covid-booster or call 119 to book an appointment or see here for details of local walk-in clinics.

Frequently Asked Questions

A guide to the spring booster for those aged 75 years and older residents in care homes

5-11-year-olds who are clinically at risk or living with someone who is immunosuppressed

Vaccine and dose

  • Two doses
  • Pfizer (child dose of 10 micrograms)

When

  • (Starting from 31 Jan 22)  At least 8 weeks between doses. Please wait to be contacted.

Where

  • Selected GP practices (by invitation)
  • Clinics at selected vaccination centres (need letter from GP or consultant)

Guide for parents/guardians of children aged 5-11 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

5-11-year-olds (general)

Vaccine and dose

  • One dose
  • Pfizer (child dose of 10 micrograms)

When

  • From 4 April 2022

Where

  • Book using National Booking Service
  • Selected walk-in clinics

12-15 year olds

Vaccine and dose

  • Two doses
  • Pfizer

When

  • At least 12 weeks between doses

Where

  • Clinics in schools
  • Invite from GP
  • Book using National Booking Service
  • Selected walk-in clinics

12-15 year olds who are clinically at risk or living with someone who is immunosuppressed

Vaccine and dose

  • Two doses + booster
  • Pfizer

When

  • At least 12 weeks between doses

Where

  • Invite from local GP vaccination service
  • Selected walk-in clinics (need a letter from GP or consultant)

16-17 year olds

Vaccine and dose

  • Two doses + booster
  • Pfizer

When

  • At least 12 weeks between doses

Where

  • Invite from GP
  • Book using National Booking Service
  • Selected walk-in clinics

18-39 year olds

Vaccine and dose

  • Two doses + booster
  • Pfizer or Moderna

When

  • At least 8 weeks between 1st and 2nd doses and 12 weeks between 2nd dose and booster

Where

  • Invite from GP
  • Book using National Booking Service
  • Selected walk-in clinics

40 year olds and over

Vaccine and dose

  • Two doses + booster
  • Doses 1 & 2 – AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna
  • Booster – Pfizer or Moderna

When

  • At least 8 weeks between 1st and 2nd doses and 12 weeks between 2nd dose and booster

Where

  • Invite from GP
  • Book using National Booking Service
  • Walk-in clinics

Pregnant women

Vaccine and dose

  • Two doses + booster
  • Pfizer or Moderna

When

  • At least 8 weeks between 1st and 2nd doses and 12 weeks between 2nd dose and booster

Where

  • Invite from GP
  • Book using National Booking Service
  • Walk-in clinics

Immunosuppressed aged 12 and over

Vaccine and dose

  • Three doses + booster
  • 12-17 year olds – Pfizer
  • 18-39 year olds – Pfizer or Moderna
  • 40 year olds and over – AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna

When

  • At least 8 weeks between doses one, two and three
  • 12 weeks between dose three and booster
  • Unless otherwise advised by a specialist

Where

  • Invite from GP or consultant
  • Walk-in clinics (need a letter from GP or consultant)

The Vaccine Summary PDF can also be downloaded.