COVID-19 & Vaccine Passports
Covid Booster update
Booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
A booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.
It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster dose
You can get a booster dose if you had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago and:
- you are aged 18 or over
- you are aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- you are a frontline health or social care worker
- you live or work in a care home
- you are aged 16 or over and are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- you are aged 16 or over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
Health conditions that put you at high risk from COVID-19
How and when to get your COVID-19 booster dose
If you're eligible, you'll be offered a booster dose at least 3 months after you had your 2nd dose.
Most people can:
- book a vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- go to a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery and book an appointment with them
People who work for an NHS trust or a care home will usually get their booster dose through their employer.
If you have a weakened immune system and have had a 3rd dose of the vaccine, you can get a booster dose from 3 months after your 3rd dose.
Your GP or hospital specialist will invite you for your booster dose when it's due.
If you have a letter from your GP or hospital specialist inviting you for your 3rd dose, you can get your booster at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site. You'll need to bring your letter with you.
Book your vaccination appointment online
You can pre-book your booster dose online if it's been 2 months (61 days) since you had your 2nd dose and you are:
- aged 18 or over
- aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
- a frontline health or social care worker
You'll be offered appointment dates from 3 months after the date of your 2nd dose.
Find a walk-in vaccination site
You can get your booster dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site if you had your 2nd dose at least 3 months ago and you are:
- aged 18 or over
- aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19 – you’ll need to bring your letter inviting you to get your booster dose or a letter from your doctor about your health condition
- a frontline health or social care worker – you’ll need to bring proof of your employment such as your workplace photo ID, a letter or a payslip from your employer within the last 3 months
If you do not get a letter but you have a health condition and you think you’re eligible, contact your GP surgery.
Which COVID-19 vaccine will I get?
Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.
This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.
Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
COVID-19 booster dose and flu vaccine
Most people who can get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are also eligible for the annual flu vaccine.
If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time.
WHEN WILL I GET A BOOSTER VACCINATION?
As long as you meet this criteria, there will be an ability to Walk in at WALTON HOSPITAL.
Please don't contact your surgery regarding this as we are unable to book an appointment for you.
We are not directly organising the clinics as these are being done centrally by the Chesterfield and Dronfield Primary Care Network that all Practices in this area are members of.
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.
If you cannot access these online services, and you have had two vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than five working days ago. It may take seven working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
If you have been asked to provide a sick note by your employer, please go to https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
Coronavirus Advice on shielding and who needs it - https://patient.info/news-and-features/covid-19-coronavirus-what-is-shielding-and-who-needs-it