Booster vaccines to be offered to young people aged 16 to 17 and 12 to 15

Following updated JCVI Guidance, the NHS is now offering boosters to all 16 and 17 year olds, and 12 to 15 year olds who are in a clinical risk group, are severely immunosuppressed or who are a household contact of someone who is. It’s vital these groups receive a booster vaccination to protect themselves and those around them from COVID-19, especially with the Omicron variant in circulation.

All 16 to 17 year olds can now book their booster vaccine using the National Booking Service or attending a walk in site. 12 to 15 year olds in a clinical risk group or who are severely immunosuppressed will be contacted by local vaccination services or can visit a walk-in site by taking either a national invitation letter or an invitation from their GP/specialist confirming eligibility. Both groups should visit NHS walk-in sites before attending their local walk in site in person to ensure they attend a site which can vaccinate them.

For more information, please see updated operational guidance on 16 to 17 year olds and eligible 12 to 15 year olds and household contacts of immunosuppressed. We’re updating the primary care Booster Comms Toolkit to share with you shortly.