COVID-19: Booster jab invitations to be sent out across England this week
More than a million people in England will receive an invitation to book their COVID-19 booster jab this week.
Texts will be sent out today (Monday 20 September), while letters will be posted to those who are eligible for a third coronavirus vaccine dose later in the week.
Around 1.5 million people will be contacted and encouraged to use the National Booking Service.
Those eligible for booster jabs include those aged 50 and over, people living and working in care homes for the elderly and frontline health and social care workers.
Booster shots will also be available to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, and anyone aged 16 to 65 in an at-risk group for COVID.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said this week that people should receive their booster dose at least six months after they received their second COVID jab.
Scientists advising the government are advising that people get the Pfizer jab as a third dose, regardless of which jab they were initially administered.
People who receive an invitation can book their appointment through the NHS website (external link), and those who cannot go online can instead call 119.
More invitations will follow in the coming weeks. Please do not contact your GP about the booster programme unless you have received an email or letter from the NHS.
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