Changes to the vaccine rollout

The interval between doses for the COVID-19 booster will soon be reduced from six months to three months after your second dose, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). 

This reduction in the interval between doses is to increase our level of protection against the Omicron variant. This new variant could be more transmissible than existing strains and may be partially resistant to the vaccines we currently have. To give ourselves the best chance of a normal Christmas this year, we need to increase the strength of our immune response provided by the current vaccines.  

The NHS will start to increase the number of people receiving their booster vaccine to give them maximum protection and provide a better immune response in each individual.  Please wait to be called to have your booster jab. 

Children aged 12 to 15 are now eligible to get a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, having previously been offered just one. The recommendation to give children in this age group a second dose is to ensure they also have maximum protection against the new Omicron variant. This age group will be able to receive their second dose after a 12-week interval from their first. 

Anyone aged 12+ can attend one of the walk-in sessions that take place every day in the borough or book an appointment on the National Booking Service to get a vaccination.  It’s never too late get that first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you are still unsure, come to one of the vaccination sites and speak to a friendly member of staff about any concerns you may have.