A guide to the spring booster for those aged 75 years and older and older residents in care homes

Updated 24 March 2022

Courtyard Surgery will be running COVID vaccination clinics from the end of April.

Who is being offered a spring booster?

COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.

Although vaccines are expected to provide good protection against severe COVID-19 disease, protection against mild infection with the Omicron variant seems to decline quickly, even after the booster dose.

This spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago. If the number of infections increases over the summer, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.sidents in care homes.

You should be offered an appointment around 6 months (and not before 3 months) since your last dose of vaccine. The surgery will track your relevant dates and contact you to book you into a clinic.

You will be given a booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine [footnote 1]. Both vaccines boost well and have already been given to millions of people in the UK.

Studies have shown that you only need a half dose of Moderna to boost the immune system well. This half dose of Moderna is expected to have a low rate of side effects including myocarditis.

You will be offered the right vaccine for you, which may be the same or different from the vaccines that you had before.

If you have not yet had either of your first 2 doses of the vaccine or third dose (for those with weakened immune system) you should have them as soon as possible.

If you missed your first booster you should have this spring booster as soon as possible.

You may need another booster as well as your usual flu injection in the autumn.