When can over 40s get Covid booster jab? Booking process for third vaccine - and who is eligible explained

Booster vaccine doses are available on the NHS for people most at risk from Covid-19 who have had a second dose of a vaccine at least six months ago

The Covid vaccination programme is now well underway, with around 12.6 million people already having had had a third Covid-19 jab.

But when can the over-40s receive their Covid booster jab?

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When can the over 40s get the Covid booster jab?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced that all adults over the age of 40 should be offered a booster six months after their second dose.

The Committee said people should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna jab as a booster, regardless of which vaccine they had initially.

The over-40s can get their Covid booster jab from Monday (22 November).

The JCVI also said that 16 and 17-year-olds should also come forward for their second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.

So far, some 12.6 million people have had a third Covid-19 jab, but the JCVI said that the broadening of the booster campaign and the offer of a second jab to 16 and 17-year-olds will “help extend our protection into 2022”.

At the announcement of the further rollout of the programme last week, Dr June Raine, chief executive of the MHRA, said “We welcome today’s announcement by the JCVI, on the extension of the booster campaign to 40-49 year olds.

“This further strengthens our ability to ensure people are protected against Covid-19 and saves lives.”

“We also welcome the recommendation for 16 to 17-year-olds to come forward and have a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine,” Dr Raine added.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said at the time of the announcement: “Our COVID-19 vaccination rollout has been a phenomenal success, saving countless lives, reducing pressure on the NHS and helping us stop the spread of the virus.

“We are expanding the  programme even further and today I have accepted the advice from the independent experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to extend the additional offer of a booster jab to people aged 40 and over and offer a second dose of a vaccine to all young people aged 16 to 17 as part of the primary vaccination schedule. All four parts of the UK intend to follow the JCVI’s advice.”

Who else is eligible for the Covid booster vaccine?

Booster vaccine doses are available on the NHS for people most at risk from Covid-19 who have had a second dose of a vaccine at least six months ago.

This includes:

  • 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.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be offered a booster dose at least six months after you had your second dose.

Most people can:

  • book a vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
  • go to a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
  • wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery and book an appointment with them

People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer.