Are you eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine this spring

 

While you might have received your COVID-19 vaccine during winter or in past 'Spring Booster' campaigns, the criteria for this year's spring vaccine have changed slightly:

  • Adults aged 75 years and over. 
  • Residents in a care home for older adults. 
  • Individuals aged 6 months and over who have a weakened immune system.

As you can see, the criteria are similar to the spring 2022 and spring 2023 booster campaigns, but this year the criteria for the immunosuppressed group has lowered to include those 6 months and over.

Important

It is important that everyone who is eligible takes up the offer this spring before the vaccination programme closes on 30 June 2024.

What does it all mean?

Those who are aged 75 and over can come forward to top up their protection this spring. If you are 74 but turn 75 years old by 30 June 2024, you don't have to wait for your birthday to come forward. 

Those who are a resident in care homes for older adults are also eligible. Carers and staff in care homes are not eligible, this is because the spring vaccine is targeted towards providing protection to those most vulnerable to severe disease. 

What are the immunosuppression criteria?

  • Organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant patients. 
  • Those being treated with systemic steroids for more than a month.
  • Those living with HIV.
  • Those receiving immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy, including children who are about to receive therapy.
  • Those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
  • Those who require long-term treatment for immunosuppression.
  • Those with a history of haematological malignancy including chronic leukaemia, lymphomas, and leukaemia.
  • Those with genetic disorders affecting the immune system.

While this list summarises some major groups, it does not cover everything. Check your eligibility online.

How do I get my spring COVID-19 vaccine?

You should come forward rather than waiting for the NHS to contact you this year. You will be able to book an appointment online from 15 April 2024. Alternatively, you can come into Woodgrange Medical Practice at any time to have the vaccine without an appointment. 

While having your spring vaccine around 6 months after your last dose is the usual timeframe, you can have it as soon as 3 months after a previous COVID-19 vaccine dose. If you are eligible, you can get protection from a spring COVID-19 vaccination even if you have not taken up a COVID-19 vaccine offer in the past. Most people do not need extra vaccinations to make up for any they have missed, but your doctor may advise a further dose if you have a severely weakened immune system.

Published: May 13, 2024