The Government is offering the booster jab to everyone over the age of 75 or anyone classed as immunocompromised over the age of 12 to offer them another level of protection against COVID-19.
It's recommended to wait 6 months between your fourth jab (also a booster) and this fifth dose. However, many people in the WM community received their fourth dose late due to problems with the roll out. Therefore, you can book you fifth dose anytime 3 months after your last dose, to ensure you receive extra protection this spring.
You can book your jab online, through the NHS booking system, where you can also find more about the jab.
As a reminder, people with WM should have had the following vaccinations against Covid:
- Doses 1 and 2 – From December 2020, everyone in the UK has been offered two primary doses, and as someone who is immunocompromised, you should have already had these.
- Dose 3 – only available for severely immunocompromised people, 8 weeks after their 2nd dose. This was first offered in September 2021 but due to problems with the roll out, some people got it later than this
- Dose 4/booster dose – severely immunocompromised people are eligible for this dose 3 months after their 3rd primary dose. For some vaccines, like Pfizer, you will receive the same dosage as your primary jab, but for others, like Moderna, it will be a half dose.
- Dose 5/Spring booster – recommended to have this 6 months after your 4th dose but appointments are available anytime from 3 months after your last dose. Because of the delay many people with WM experienced in the roll out of the 3rd and 4th doses, we recommend that you book your 5th dose as soon as you can.
The fifth dose is a booster, so like the fourth dose you either be offered:
- A full dose of the Pfizer vaccine
- A half dose of the Moderna vaccine
We'll continue to update you with more information about the vaccination roll outs. In the meantime you can find answers to you COVID-19 questions on our dedicated pages.