The NHS has started implementing the booster jab initiative as the fight against Covid and the new variants continues.
The booster vaccines are being recommended to give longer-lasting protection as we approach the winter months as it’s not yet known how long protection from Covid the initial vaccines give.
To begin with, booster jabs are being offered in a similar rollout to the initial vaccines, with care home residents, front line workers, people aged 50 and over and people aged 16 and over with a health condition the first to be invited.
However, it could be a different story if you’re unlucky enough to have Covid when the invite comes – or if you’ve recently recovered from an infection.
When can you have the booster if you’ve had Covid?
How long after having Covid can you have the booster jab?
According to advice from Public Health England, if you have Covid or have recently had the virus, you should wait for at least 28 days before you have your booster.
A spokesperson told metro.co.uk: ‘Vaccination should be deferred in those with confirmed infection to avoid confusing the differential diagnosis.
‘As clinical deterioration can occur up to two weeks after infection, ideally vaccination should be deferred until clinical recovery to around four weeks after onset of symptoms or four weeks from the first confirmed positive specimen in those who are asymptomatic.’
The NHS confirms that people do not need to contact their hospital or GP to arrange their booster vaccine; the NHS will be in touch when they become eligible for the jab.
People will get a call or text from their local GP-led site to get the jab, or will be invited by the National Booking Service, which will start issuing invitations in the coming weeks.
Which Covid vaccine will I get for my booster jab?
Experts have recommended that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine be used for the booster shots – although the JCVI has approved a half dose of the Moderna vaccine as an alternative.
AstraZeneca has also been approved for use as a booster, though the Pfizer jab can also be given to anyone who previously had two doses of that vaccine.