How to get your COVID booster jab in North Yorkshire

The NHS is working on plans to offer a booster vaccine dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over. Currently, all over-40s in the UK are being offered a booster dose.

A booster is an extra dose of COVID vaccine, which helps prolong protection in the double-jabbed, particularly in older age groups. According to UK Health Security Agency data, having two doses, plus a booster offers a 93 per cent protection against symptomatic disease.

People aged 40-49 are now entitled to have a booster jab, from six months after having their second dose, in addition to:-

  • people aged 50 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
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • 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 one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

National guidance states that the COVID vaccination can be administered alongside the flu vaccination. However, there will be other factors, such as vaccine delivery schedules and the characteristic of vaccination sites which will influence decisions in this area.

We would advise that, if patients are contacted to receive one or other of the vaccinations, they take up the offer and do not wait for a potential opportunity to receive both vaccinations together, to ensure protection as soon as possible.

There's further information about the booster programme in this helpful guide.

How do I book a vaccine booster?

If you are eligible, you can book your vaccine booster immediately on the NHS website or by calling 119.

Currently, you can now pre-book your booster from five months (152 days) after your second dose. You will be offered an appointment six months (182 days) after the date of your second jab.

Please book your booster as soon as you are eligible.

Alternatively, after six months, you can also go directly to an NHS walk-in centre. Please note that in North Yorkshire there are currently no sites offering walk-in appointments for booster doses because of the high volume of booked appointments.

In some parts of North Yorkshire you may also receive an invitation from your GP practice.

There are further details, below.

If you need additional guidance, please contact the CCG's Patient Relations Team.

Latest JCVI guidance and changes to eligibility

The NHS is working on plans to deliver:

  • a booster dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over
  • a booster dose to people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system
  • booster doses from three months after the previous dose - currently it's from six months after the previous dose
  • a second dose to all children aged 12 to 15 years old who are not already eligible

Please note that these changes have yet to take effect on the NHS National Booking Service. There is no need to contact your GP practice or local pharmacy. You will be notified when it is your turn to come forward.

Current list of sites delivering COVID booster vaccinations in North Yorkshire

(Information last updated: 1 December)

Please note, the availability of appointments through the NHS National Booking Service is subject to vaccine supply and changes are made frequently. Please do not contact pharmacy sites directly - you will not be able to book your booster jab and you will be directed to the National Booking Service.