The COVID-19 Autumn Booster Programme aims to increase immunity in those at higher risk of severe COVID-19 during winter 2022 to 2023.
COVID-19 is more serious in older people and in people with certain underlying health conditions.
This Winter it is expected that many respiratory infections, including COVID-19 and flu may be circulating at high levels – this may put those who are vulnerable at higher risk, increasing pressure on hospitals and other health care services.
People aged 50 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, those aged 5 years and over in a clinical risk group, those aged 5 and over who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression, health and social care staff and those 16 and over who are carers will be offered a booster of COVID-19 vaccine this autumn.
You should be offered an appointment between September and December, with those at highest risk being called in first. You should have your booster at least 3 months after your last dose of vaccine.
Appointments are currently available on the National Booking Service for people aged 75 years old and over, frontline health and social care workers and people with a severely weakened immune system. Appointments will extend to people aged 65 and over and allow self-declaring pregnant women, carers, household contacts of immunosuppressed people and those at increased risk, announcements will be made soon.
The appointment dates you'll be offered will start from 3 months (91 days) after your previous dose.
If you are eligible for a flu vaccine, you may be able to have them at the same time – if not please do not delay.
How do I book?
You can phone 119 free of charge. You can ask someone else to do this for you if you prefer. At times, the phone line might get very busy and this may mean waiting to speak to someone.
The phone line is open:
- Monday to Friday (including bank holidays), 8am to 6pm
- Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 1pm
Interpreters will be available on request.
National Booking System – book an appointment by visiting Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
There are a range of walk in sites available, to find one near you please click here - Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
All clinics offered in Newcastle will be advertised on the Newcastle City Council website -
How to get your Covid-19 Vaccination in Newcastle | Newcastle City Council
A range of local pharmacies are offering booster jabs, these are listed on Newcastle City Council website.
Please do not contact your GP Practice, thank you!