young woman receiving vaccine. Both patient and medical professional wear masks.

Booster jabs offered to over 40’s and second jab to 16 and 17 year olds.

November 22, 2021

Booster jabs are now available on the National Booking Service for people aged 40 to 49, and young people aged 16 to 17 will be able to book their second jab from today, the 22nd November 2021. 

  • Eligible people urged to get COVID-19 booster vaccines ahead of Christmas
  • Call comes as cases rise in Europe and some countries introduce further restrictions
  • Almost 15 million boosters have already been administered in UK

New data this week highlighted how important the booster jab is. The first real-world study on the effectiveness of booster vaccines by the UK Health Security Agency shows top-up jabs boost protection back up to over 90% against symptomatic COVID-19 in adults aged over 50.

The findings show that 2 weeks after receiving a booster dose, protection against symptomatic infection in adults aged 50 years and over was 93.1% in those with Oxford/AstraZeneca as their primary course and 94.0% for Pfizer-BioNTech.

This means people who have had their booster vaccine by the 11th December will have very high protection against COVID-19 by Christmas Day. Following a rise in cases and a return of lockdown restrictions in Europe, those eligible for a booster have been urged to take up the offer as soon as possible to protect themselves, their families and help to reduce the pressure on the NHS.

Those eligible for a booster can book an appointment in advance – 5 months after their second dose – to be vaccinated as soon as they reach the 6-month mark, and the National Booking Service opens today to those over 40 and young people aged 16 to 17, for their second jab. 

You can book online at: National Booking System , by calling 119 or get vaccinated at a Walk in centres.  Wait 6 months after your second dose to attend a walk in booster site without an appointment. Young people, aged 16 and 17 years old, can get a 2nd dose from a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site if it’s been 12 weeks since their 1st dose.  

The offer of a first and second COVID-19 vaccine remains open to anyone who is eligible. Vaccines are available free of charge and from many vaccine centres, GP practices and pharmacies. You can also book first and second jabs at: National Booking System , by calling 119 or get vaccinated at a Walk in centres