Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine
A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.
- people aged 40 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine
You'll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose.
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose. It's important NOT to contact the NHS for one before then.
Book online if you've been contacted
You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS or you can call 119.
PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE YOUR GP SURGERY TO BOOK A COVID VACCINATION
Which COVID-19 vaccine will I get?
Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine.
This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.
Third vaccines are being offered to patients who are immuno-suppressed. These vaccinations cannot be booked via the National Booking System. If you receive a letter from your consultant please telephone the surgery and we will add you to our list. Once a designated site for vaccinations has been set up for the patients of Deal & Sandwich you will be contacted. You will need to take the letter with you when you go for your vaccination.
Vaccination walk-in clinics
Information about vaccination walk-in clinics operating in Kent and Medway is now available on the Kent and Medway CCG website. It is updated regularly.
People who wish to use these clinics do not need an appointment and they are open to everyone over 18. Both first and second doses are available unless stated.
Acceleration of Second Doses for all Cohorts
From Monday 5th July second does vaccinations will be brought forward from 12 to eight weeks for the remaining people in all cohorts.
COVID Vaccination Update
From Monday 21st June all COVID vaccinations will only be bookable via the National Booking System online by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by telephoning 119.
Patients will be able to book their 1st and 2nd vaccinations at the same time.
Patients who have already had their 1st vaccination will need to book their 2nd vaccination 8 weeks from when they had their first. They will not receive a text message reminder.
For further information and guidance please click on the link below:
Please do not telephone the surgery to book a vaccination.
Demonstrating your COVID vaccination status with NHS COVID Pass
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:
- the NHS App which you can download from app stores
- the NHS website
- 119 - by requesting a paper letter
You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.