Covid is now a relatively mild disease for the vast majority but can still be very dangerous and even life-threatening for some.

Those eligible, including everyone aged 75 or older or with a weak immune system, can book via the NHS Website , app or by calling 119.

Vaccines lower the risk but protection fades, so top-up jabs are offered.

Who can have a free booster job?

Those eligible for a top-up shot at pharmacies and GP practices include:

  • everyone aged 75 or older by 30 June 2024
  • people in care homes for older adults
  • anyone immunosuppressed who is aged six months or older

The NHS is sending texts, emails, app messages or letters to those eligible - but they do not need to wait for the invitation to book.

UK Health Security Agency immunisations director Dr Mary Ramsay said: "With Covid-19 still circulating, it's important those at highest risk who are eligible for the spring vaccine get their jab to help top up their immunity. We're still seeing Covid-19 causing hospitalisations and severe illness, particularly among older people and those with weakened immune systems.

And the vaccine provides the best protection - so don't put it off.

If you're eligible, book your appointment as soon as you're invited by the NHS."Appointments will be scheduled between now and June, prioritising those at highest risk."


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