Autumn COVID-19 boosters coming soon

Dementia Care
June 30, 2022

Care home residents, frontline health and social care workers are expected to be offered an autumn COVID-19 booster to help protect them over the winter period.

The boosters would be for more vulnerable adults, alongside frontline social care and health workers.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI’s) current view is that in autumn 2022 a COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and staff
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • All those 65 years of age and over
  • Adults aged 16 to 64 years who are in a clinical risk group

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of COVID-19 vaccination on the JCVI said the body had provided interim advice on an autumn booster programme for 2022 so that the NHS and care homes are able to start the necessary operational planning.

The JCVI will continue its ongoing review of the vaccination programme and the epidemiological situation, particularly in relation to the timing and value of doses for less vulnerable older adults and those in clinical risk groups ahead of autumn 2022.

The committee will announce its final plans for the autumn programme, including further detail on the definitions of clinical risk groups, in due course.

Further information

GOV.UK – Vaccine update: issue 330, June 2022, COVID-19 spring special edition

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