Booster doses

Vaccine Plaster

A booster vaccine is another dose of vaccine to keep immune response to COVID-19 high. It should be given at least three months after your last dose of vaccine. 

COVID-19 booster vaccine

Spring booster dose

Autumn booster programme

Vaccine Plaster
Last reviewed July 2022

COVID-19 booster vaccine

For more information about the booster vaccine, including who is eligible and which vaccine you will get, see the page for your nation:

EnglandNHS information on the booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Northern Ireland: NI Direct COVID-19 Booster Vaccination

Wales: Welsh Government COVID-19 Booster Vaccination 

Scotland: NHS Inform Scotland COVID-19 Booster Vaccination

Will I get my flu jab at the same time?

The COVID booster vaccine and annual flu vaccination could be given at the same appointment. In some cases, they may be given separately for practical reasons. It is important to get your flu jab if you are offered one.

Spring booster dose

The government is now offering Spring booster doses to:

  • People aged 12 or over who have a weakened immune system. This includes people who were eligible for a third primary dose. You may also be eligible for a spring booster if you have started treatment for your Crohn’s or Colitis with an immunosuppressant since you had your initial vaccinations.
  • People 75 or over.
  • People who live in a care home for older adults.

The Spring dose will be 6 months after the previous dose for most people. However, eligible people who have had a vaccine dose more recently will be able to get a Spring booster from 3 months after their previous dose.

If you are eligible for the Spring booster, you should be contacted by the NHS, inviting you to book when your vaccination is due.

In England, you can book online, If you are immunosuppressed, you don’t have to wait to be contacted. You can also call 119 or go to a walk-in centre (you will need to check which centres offer Spring boosters). You will need to take proof that you are eligible, such as a copy of your prescription for immunosuppressant medicines or a letter from your GP or IBD team that mentions your condition.

In Northern Ireland, most spring doses will be given at GPs, HSC trust-led vaccination clinics or community pharmacies. If you are eligible for a spring booster, you should receive an invitation from your Trust clinician or GP.  If you haven’t heard and you think you may be eligible then you can still book your vaccine. You will need to take proof that you are eligible, such as a copy of your prescription for immunosuppressant medicines or a letter from your GP or IBD team that mentions your condition. Visit the nidirect website to find out more information.

In Scotland, NHS Scotland will contact eligible people to arrange an appointment. Or you can call the national vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 to book an appointment.

In Wales, eligible people should get an invitation from their GP or health board.

Autumn booster programme 

More people will be eligible for the autumn booster. The government will be offering the autumn booster to:

  • People aged 5 or over over who have a weakened immune system. You may be eligible for an autumn booster if you started treatment for your Crohn’s or Colitis with an immunosuppressant since you had your initial vaccinations.
  • People aged 5 or over who live with someone with a weakened immune system.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People aged 50 or over.
  • People who are frontline health or social care workers.
  • People who live or work in a care home for older adults.
  • People over 16 who are carers.

If you are also eligible for the flu vaccine, you may have your autumn booster and your flu vaccine at the same appointment.

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We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can provide information on a range of subjects including:

  • Managing Symptoms
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If you need specific medical advice about your condition, your GP or IBD team will be best placed to help.