MILLIONS of Britons will receive a boosted dose of the coronavirus vaccine before Christmas in a bid to protect the nation from the Omicron variant.
But when can you get a booster shot and will you qualify?
All Britons aged 18-39 will be invited by the NHS to participate.
Those already eligible – those aged 40 and over – will be able to use the national booking service and not have to wait for the NHS to contact.
Three cases of the new Omicron variant have been identified in the UK – although officials fear that means hundreds of people could have been infected.
Government sources say there have been more than 150 other infections in the UK.
And UK labs are said to be investigating 225 possible samples of the mutant variant.
The Scottish government said four of the Covid-19 Omicron variant cases identified in Scotland were in the Lanarkshire area, with two in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde areas.
It has reached UK shores less than a week after being reported as a concern in African countries.
The spread of cases has prompted the government to announce that it will remain on the ‘front’ in the fight against this variant.
Am I eligible for a boost?
All of Britons aged 18-39 can move forward The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) announced to strengthen their power.
But they won’t be able to have it for less than three months after their second dose.
The NHS will contact you when it is time to make your claim if you are not already eligible.
It comes just weeks after the reinforcement campaign was extended to the British 40 years old and up in an attempt to boost immunity ahead of the festive season.
Experts hope cutting the gap between the second and third injections by six to three months will allow the UK to stay ahead of the new Covid variant.
Children aged 12 to 15 will also receive a second dose of the vaccine, in an effort to boost the nation’s immunity in the face of a worrying new strain of the virus.
The Director of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), June Rainer this afternoon urged people to sign up to enjoy their products.
Vulnerable Britons, for example those at serious risk of Covid, will still be a priority for stabbings and will get theirs ahead of everyone else.
This could mean younger Britons won’t get a boost until January to help those most vulnerable to being stabbed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the weekend calling on scientists to speed the release of booster jab under the age of 40 amid Omicron concerns.
How to set your booster
You can use the national booking service to secure your coronavirus boost location.
At the beginning of the month, eligible people were told they could book a month in advance and they could go to the walking centres.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam said the NHS said it was ‘rising up to the challenge’ when it came to providing a booster vaccine.
However, he did say that younger and less vulnerable people would be at the back of the attack.
The NHS will release guidance on boosters and ticketing in the next few days.
But if you already qualify for your jab, you can go online to NHS booking site.
When you book your jab ticket, you’ll only need to choose a date and time for a spot – unlike booking the first dose and the second dose when you’re required to book both at the same time.
If you have recently had coronavirus, you should wait four weeks before making an appointment.
To book an appointment, you need to click the green “book now” button.
You will then be asked if you know your NHS number.
If you have an NHS number, booking is a bit quicker, otherwise you have to fill in all your personal details.
Reservations can also be made by calling 119.
The written invitation will come from the NHSvaccine and will include a link to the NHS website, allowing anyone eligible to book an appointment at a convenient location nearby.
Those who have not yet received an invitation can book an appointment on the NHS website or call 119.
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