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COVID-19 booster jab boom as system opens up for pre-bookings a month early

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The National Booking Service has been changed to make it even easier for people to get their booster jab six-months after their second COVID-19 vaccine dose and ensure their vital protection is maintained over the winter months.

Everyone aged over 50 years old and all those most at risk from COVID-19 can now pre-book their booster jab appointment a month before they are eligible. This means that someone could pre-book their jab for the day they reach the 6-month milestone, rather than waiting days or weeks for a convenient appointment.

The colder weather traditionally leads to increased transmission of viruses and will be challenging for the NHS. Vaccines give high levels of protection but immunity reduces over time, particularly for older adults and at-risk groups, so it is vital that vulnerable people come forward to get their COVID-19 booster vaccine to top up their defences and protect themselves this winter. People can also book via the National Booking Service or by calling 119 or get vaccinated at hundreds of walk-in sites across the country, six months after their second COVID-19 vaccine dose without an appointment.