Over two million boosters Covid ofs jabs have now been distributed in England, according to the NHS.
The booster is offered to frontline medical staff, those over 50 and clinically vulnerable people across the UK United. Meanwhile, healthy children aged 12-15 are also offered a single dose.
Who will get a booster?
Across the UK, booster jabs are available to:
- Over 50s
- Primary health and social workers
- Elderly in nursing homes
- People aged 16 to 49 with underlying health conditions that put them at increased risk of severe Covid
- Adults who share a home with vulnerable people
The booster should be given at least six months after a second vaccination, and will usually be Pfizer or Moderna.
NHS England says More than two million reminder jabs have already been delivered , although some charities criticized the rollout for people vulnerable with weakened immune systems , which they say has "gone wrong ".
In Scotland, as of October 12 , 28,142 clinically vulnerable people considered to be " severely immunocompromised "received their booster.
Pending over 40 million people across the UK are offered the flu shot this year , including - for the first times - all high school students up to the age of 16.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England, Jonathan Van-Tan, said It is vital that people receive a flu shot as well as the Covid booster .
Which children is the Covid vaccine offered?
All young people aged 12 to 15 are offered a single Pfizer Covid vaccine to help limit disruption to their education . Most will be donated at school.
Deployment has already startedin England, Scotland and Wales , and should start shortly in Northern Ireland .
The Main UK medical offers have stated that a second dose should not be considered until the spring trimester.
Young people 16 and 17 years old are also offered a dose, with the intention of a second at a later date .
There are currently no approved vaccines for under 12s in the UK.
Why are infections still high when so many people are vaccinated?
Close four in five people over 12 in the UK are now fully vaccinated, but daily cases continue to increase .
Vaccines are designed to protect people from illness or death from Covid.
According to Public Health England (PHE):
- Vaccines are 96% effective in preventing hospitalization
- Covid deaths among double bites are four times lower than those of the unvaccinated
But they are less effective in preventing people from becoming infected with the virus or from it forward.
So, even if everyone in the UK were doubly vaccinated, Covid would still spread - but far fewer people would get seriously ill.
Efficacy also depends on the effectiveness of each vaccine against individual variants.
PHE studies suggest that two doses of the vaccine protect 80% of people from the symptoms of the Delta variant. This is less than the Alpha variant (89%), first identified in Kent, as Delta, first identified in India, is more contagious.
After four or five months, another large study suggests that you have the same level of protection whether you have AstraZeneca or Pfizer.
Researchers believe the Moderna jab is just as effective.
How can I get vaccinated?
In England, adults and those within three months of turning 18 can book their first or second jab online or by calling 119. They can also go to the clinic without appointment without appointment All young people aged 16 and 17 must contact their general practitioner.
Health care or social services dThe first line workers can reserve their booster jab online now , but other groups should wait to be contacted by the NHS.
In Scotland, over 16s can register to receive your first or second vaccine on the NHS information website or by calling 0800 030 8013. Most 12 years old can go to walk-in vaccination clinics . Invitations will be sent to those authorized to receive a reminder .
In Wales , adults should contact their local board of health if they are did not offer them their first two doses. Those who live and work in nursing homes and frontline health and social care workers have already been offered a third dose .
In Northern Ireland , you can book online or call 0300 200 7813. Without an appointment at the centers are open to older teens. Persons entitled to a third dose will be contacted directly .
What vaccine will I receive?
People under 40 or pregnant are offered Pfizer or Moderna rather than Oxford-AstraZeneca , due to a possible link to extremely rare cases of blood clots.
Those under 18 are currently offered by Pfizer, although the Moderna vaccine has also been approved for use in children in the UK.
Is vaccination compulsory?
This n is not mandatory, although the Secretary of Health said it was "very likely " that the Covid and influenza vaccines would be forgottengatories for all frontline NHS and care workers in England.
Being fully vaccinated is also an entry requirement for nightclubs and other events in Scotland .
It also means you don 't have to isolate yourself after visiting the Orange List countries or if a contact tests positive for Covid (as long as you test negative).
The midwife chief of England also urges pregnant women to be vaccinated .
What about side effects?
The most common ones include arm pain, headache , chills, fatigue and nausea.
They are part of the body's normal immune response to vaccines and tend to go away within a day or two.
Media caption, > Why it is normal for some people to experience short-term side effects from Covid-19 vaccines
There are extremely rare but sometimes fatal cases of people developing blood clots after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine .
Separately, a very small number of people experienced a severe allergic reaction after receiving the Pfizer vaccine.
You should discuss any existing severe allergies with your healthcare professional before starting. get vaccinated.