COVID-19 autumn booster vaccinations
The NHS is offering the COVID-19 booster vaccination to help provide extra protection for those at greatest risk from the virus this winter.
Who can receive a booster
- People aged 50 or over.
- People who are pregnant.
- People aged 5 and over
- and at high risk due to a health condition or weakened immune system.
- who live with someone who has a weakened immune system.
- People aged 16 and over and a carer, either paid or unpaid.
- People living or working in a care home for older people.
- Frontline health and social care workers.
You will be contacted by your GP practice or the NHS National Booking Service when it is your turn to receive your booster.
Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment unless you have received an invitation.
Please help to keep yourself and those around you safe by getting vaccinated when you are invited. More information:
Free flu jabs
You can have a free flu jab if you:
- are aged 50 and over (including those who will be 50 by 31 March 2023).
- have certain health conditions.
- are pregnant.
- are in long-stay residential care.
- receive a carer's allowance or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick.
- live with someone who is more likely to get a severe infection due to a weakened immune system. Examples include people:
- living with HIV
- who have had a transplant
- who are having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
- are a frontline health worker.
- are a social care worker and can't get the vaccine at your workplace.
It is safe to have your COVID-19 booster and your flu vaccination at the same time but this may not always be possible. Please get both jabs as soon as you can.
Pop-up vaccination clinics
You do not need an appointment to attend a pop-up clinic. You can just walk-in. This will help make sure as many people as possible can get the booster in an easy, simple and convenient way.
If you have questions or concerns about any of the vaccines, please call in and talk to a member of staff who will happily answer your questions.
All of our pop-up clinics offer:
- the COVID-19 autumn booster
- the flu vaccine
If you have not been vaccinated
It's not too late.
You can book an appointment using the National Booking Service:
You can also call 119 (calls are free, 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 8am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
You can visit a walk-in clinic:
COVID-19 freephone helpline
If you have any questions about the vaccine please call the freephone number:
0800 456 1114 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
If you are contacted to book an appointment
This will either be by letter, phone or text.
Do not respond to anybody who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a payment.
- The NHS will never ask for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
Book your appointment as soon as possible. You may be offered the option to book an appointment online. If you cannot book online you may be able to book an appointment by phone.
- There is a national vaccination centre at John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
- If you are unable to travel to the vaccination centre you are offered, please refer back to the letter for advice on alternative ways you can get vaccinated.
- Vaccinations are being carried out across a range of locations such as GP practices and health care centres.
Help getting to a vaccination clinic
Our free transport offer is to help those who cannot get to a vaccine clinic themselves to make sure those who are eligible can get a vaccine.
Please submit your request at least 48 hours before transport is required. We may not be able to provide transport at shorter notice due to availability.
How to book transport
Fill in our simple online form.
Clock Completing this form takes around 5 minutesRequest transport to a vaccination appointment
Getting the vaccine
Attend your appointment if you are given one.
- If you have had COVID-19, you should still get vaccinated when you are invited to your appointment. See people who have had COVID-19, had the flu vaccine or are unwell.
- The vaccination centre your appointment takes place in will keep you safe from COVID-19 through a range of measures, including cleaning and disinfecting and having social distancing in waiting areas.
- Please wear a face covering to your appointment.
- If you are taking medication, please bring a list of it with you to the vaccination centre. Do not bring the medicines themselves.
- If you are taking a blood thinner called Warfarin you need your latest INR reading and when it was last checked. If you don't know this, you can get if from your GP. Computers at the vaccination centres do not link back to medical records so results can't be looked up on the day.
We strongly recommend that all frontline social care workers who can receive a vaccine choose to take it.
Frontline workers are at increased personal risk of exposure to infection with COVID-19 and of transmitting that infection to susceptible and vulnerable patients in health and social care settings.
There is greater COVID-19 mortality and morbidity in men and women working in social care than in non-social care staff of the same age and sex.
After you have been vaccinated
Continue to follow prevention and help advice to protect yourself, family and community and to play your part in helping to stop the spread.
If you are a frontline worker, continue to follow guidance on wearing PPE, handwashing using soap and water or hand sanitizer, as well as other protective measures.
About the vaccine
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed that the vaccines have gone through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. They have been through three stages of clinical trials and have been tested on tens of thousands of people around the world.
- No safety concerns were seen in studies of more than 20,000 people.
- No long-term complications have been reported.
- The vaccines will not alter your DNA.
- The British Islamic Medical Association recommends that the currently available COVID-19 vaccines are eligible for individuals in Muslim communities: BIMA COVID-19 Vaccine Statements
The trial phases were organised to overlap, speeding up the overall production time, but without cutting any corners on trialling the vaccine and ensuring it meets strict standards of safety and effectiveness.
Time has also been gained because:
- Trial volunteers were recruited at the start of the process, so they were ready to go once the vaccine was ready for trial.
- In the UK trials, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) made this their top priority.
- Plans were made for the next phase of trials by the companies without having to wait for investor decisions.
- Companies made decisions to begin large scale production of vaccines which were still in trials. So, if vaccines were found to be safe and effective, they would be ready to be distributed straight away.
COVID-19 vaccines can cause side-effects but not everyone gets them.
- Most side-effects are mild and short-term.
- Common side effects include a painful arm, feeling tired, headache, general aches and mild flu-like symptoms.
- These symptoms are normal and are a sign that your body is building immunity.
- They normally last less than a week.
- The vaccine works by making a protein from the virus that is important for creating protection.
- This protein works in the same way as they do in other vaccines, by stimulating the immune system to make antibodies and cells to fight the infection.
- It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine.
- Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective - some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.
- Some vaccinated people may get mild or asymptomatic infection and therefore be able to pass the virus on - but any infection in a vaccinated person will be less severe and the person will be contagious for a shorter period of time.
- You can still carry the virus on your body and clothes if you come into contact with it, meaning you could still infect others once you have been vaccinated.
- You therefore still need to follow your workplace guidance, including wearing the correct personal protection equipment (PPE) and taking part in any screening programmes.
If you are pregnant, or think you might be, you can have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. You will be invited when your age group are offered it, or earlier if you have a health condition or reason that means you're eligible. Find out more by visiting the
It's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. This is because they've been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues.
When you are offered a vaccine, speak to your GP surgery to arrange an appointment. This is to make sure you go to a vaccination centre offering the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
- Potential vaccination benefits are particularly important for some pregnant women. This includes those who are at very high risk of catching the infection or those with clinical conditions that put them at high risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19. Pregnant women should discuss this with their nurse or doctor.
- COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live coronavirus, nor do they contain any additional ingredients that are harmful to pregnant women or their babies.
- There is no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in breastfeeding or on breastfed infants. Despite this, COVID-19 vaccines are not thought to be a risk to breastfeeding infants, and the benefits of breast-feeding are well known. Because of this, national advice is that the vaccine can be had whilst breastfeeding.
- There is no evidence to suggest the vaccine affects fertility, and no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would impact on women's fertility.
If you have allergies it should not deter you from having the vaccine, especially if they are seasonal allergies.
- People who receive the vaccine are monitored before leaving their appointment and can access medical care if they experience reactions.
- However, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advise on a precautionary basis that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The bivalent vaccines, like all NHS COVID-19 vaccines, do not contain gelatine, eggs or any animal products and are suitable for halal and vegan diets.
If you have, or had, COVID-19
Wait a while before getting vaccinated.
- It is not known how long any immunity may last.
- Although naturally acquired immunity as a result of past infections provides some immunity, it is at a lower level and for a shorter time than if you have been vaccinated.
- Wait at least 4 weeks after you had symptoms.
- Or wait 4 weeks since your positive test if you didn't have any symptoms.
- And wait until you have recovered from your COVID-19 infection.
If you have had the flu vaccine
This doesn't protect you from COVID-19.
- If you are eligible for both vaccines, you should have them both.
If you are unwell
It is better to wait until you have recovered to have your vaccine, but try to have it as soon as possible.
- You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are waiting for a COVID-19 test due to symptoms or unsure if you are fit and well.