Community Government Health Stormont

Spring Booster Programme to Start in April

A spring COVID-19 booster vaccination will be offered to those aged 75 and over, as well as anyone over the age of 12 who is immunosuppressed.

Most people in this group will have received their most recent vaccine dose in September or October 2021 and with the lapse of time, their immunity derived from vaccination may wane substantially before the autumn of 2022.

JCVI have advised that there should be some operational flexibility around the timing of the spring dose in relation to when the person received their last vaccine dose. 

Therefore, to try and limit vaccine wastage, ideally you should have reached the six month mark from your first booster, but you may receive it if you had your first booster over three months ago.

The programme will officially start at the beginning of April.

The majority of vaccinations will be given by GPs and community pharmacies.

Community pharmacies will vaccinate care home residents and anyone aged 75 and over on request, as long as it is at least three months from their last COVID dose.

GPs will invite all their patients aged 75 and over, as they become eligible.

Trust mobile clinics can vaccinate eligible individuals who opt to attend one of the clinics. 

Trusts will also vaccinate any eligible housebound patients.  If you are housebound  and do not receive any contact from your district nurse, you should contact your GP and they will liaise with the relevant Trust.

COVID-19 vaccine – A guide to the spring booster for those aged 75 years and older residents in care homes(external link opens in a new window / tab)


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