Covid booster dose and third vaccine update

Updated: 22 September 2021

The Government announced on 14th September the roll out of a booster dose of the Covid vaccine to those aged over 50, those over 16 with health conditions and frontline health and social care workers.

This comprises around 30 million people and should be given no sooner than 6 months after the second dose - and at the same time as the flu jab.  Invitations will begin to be issued in the coming weeks from GP practices and the national booking service as before.

This is in addition to the previous announcement on 2 September that people over the age of 12 with severely weakened immune systems should have a third vaccine dose to top up protection against Covid-19 followed by a booster jab after six months.

The Government has also announced the offer of a single dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine for all children aged 12-15 in England.  This will be organised and delivered on site at schools through the local schools immunisation team.

JCVI advice on booster vaccinations can be found here.


If you are immunosuppressed and have been invited to receive your third vaccine

  • You cannot book your third vaccine by calling 119 or the national booking service website.  Instead, you will need to attend Saints as a drop-in.
  • Please visit our page on drop-in sessions here for details of opening times
  • You will be invited for a booster jab six months after your third dose.


If you are over 50 or over 16 with a health condition that puts you at high risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19 and have received a message to book your booster jab:

  • You must book an appointment to do this as Saints are not accepting drop-ins for booster vaccinations.
  • Please call 119 or visit the National Booking Service website here
  • It must be at least 6 months (180 days) since your second dose.