Last week, the Prime Minister delivered an update on Britain’s vaccine rollout, stating the aim to ensure every adult is offered a booster dose by the end of the year. Previously, the booster vaccines had been open to over-40s, over-16s with underlying health problems, and care workers.
With the new Omicron variant spreading rapidly, Boris Johnson stated the need to speed the process up dramatically in order to curb rising cases in the leadup to Christmas. The third dose will provide a “top-up” after immunity from doses one and two begins to wane.
As of last Wednesday (December 15), anyone over-18 can now book their dose. Those booking their vaccine must have had their second dose a minimum of 61 days beforehand. Additionally, anyone who has recently tested positive for Covid-19 must also wait 28 days before having their booster, starting from the date of the first positive result.
Walk-in centres across the country have also opened to the over-18s, and you can find your nearest site here.
If the vaccine centres in your area cannot offer an appointment until early next year, it is recommended that you try your luck at a walk in centre. On Saturday (December 18), a mindblowing 830,403 boosters were delivered and 906,656 vaccinations. Large-scale centres, including Stamford Bridge stadium (home of Chelsea FC), were in operation on what has been hailed as “Super Saturday”.
How do I book my booster vaccine?
By heading to the NHS website here. Please note that the website is often busy with those attempting to book their dose, and you may experience a short wait in the online queue. Alternatively, you can find a walk-in centre here to get your booster jab.