Booster vaccines scheme expanded

Published: 02 December 2021

On 29 November, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) issued new advice on COVID-19 booster vaccines for some age groups.

JCVI now advises:

  • All adults aged 18 to 39 years should be offered a booster dose, in order of descending age groups, to increase their levels of protection.
  • Booster doses should be given no sooner than three months after the primary course.
  • All severely immunosuppressed individuals should be offered their booster dose no sooner than three months after completing their primary course of 3 doses.
  • Young people aged 12 to 15 years should receive a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, no sooner than 12 weeks after their first dose.

Read the JCVI's statement

This new JCVI advice means those aged 18-39 will also be eligible for a booster when the NHS calls them forward.

It is anticipated that the Prime Minister will set out how the rollout of booster jabs will be accelerated to combat the new Omicron variant today.