Covid-19 remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
- Face coverings are now required by law in most indoor public places and public transport
- Get tested and self-isolate if required
- If you haven’t already, get vaccinated
- If you have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 3 months ago you may be eligible for a booster – see the ‘Who can get a COVID-19 booster dose’ section below
The NHS.UK website provides the latest updates on the vaccination programme and how to book a COVID-19 vaccine.
The GOV.UK website provides the latest updates and guidance relating to testing, travel and rules regarding COVID-19
Who can get a Covid-19 booster dose
Booster doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from Covid-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 3 months ago.
- people aged 18 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
- people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
Find a walk-in vaccination site
You can get your booster dose at a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination site if you had your 2nd dose at least 3 months ago and you are:
- aged 30 and over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid-19 – you’ll need to bring your letter inviting you to get your booster dose or a letter from your doctor about your health condition
- a frontline health or social care worker – you’ll need to bring proof of your employment such as your workplace photo ID, a letter or a payslip from your employer within the last 3 months
If you do not get a letter but you have a health condition and you think you’re eligible, contact your GP surgery.
Covid-19 vaccine update
In line with the latest JCVI guidance, the NHS is working on plans to offer:
- a booster dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over
- a booster dose to people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system
- booster doses from 3 months after the previous dose – currently it’s from 6 months after the previous dose
- a 2nd dose to all children aged 12 to 15 years old who are not already eligible
Please note that this is not yet available. Arrangements are being put in place to enable this to get underway as quickly as possible.
The booster vaccine offer will be opened up by age group to ensure the most vulnerable are vaccinated first. The national booking service will initially open up to people aged 30 and over who would previously have had to wait six months before moving onto younger age groups.
The NHS will provide more information for the public about what will happen when as soon as possible.
In the meantime, people who are already eligible should continue to come forward to get their jab via the NBS or 119 or visit a walk-in clinic.
Find a walk-in coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination site in Cheshire and Merseyside.
If you were not already eligible, please do not contact the NHS. The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to take up the offer.
British sign language support
BSL support is now available via the SignVideo app, which is available to download and use, by selecting the NHS 119 button located within the SignDirectory available in the SignVideo app.