How to get a Covid Booster Northern Ireland: Who is eligible for a booster jab and where can you get one?
With booster jabs starting to be rolled out across Northern Ireland, who is eligible and how do you access a jab?
Who is eligible for a Covid booster jab?
On Monday, November 30, 2021 the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended booster jabs be offered to everyone aged over-18.
However, to access the booster you need to have had your second vaccine six months ago.
This means that a lot of people are not eligible as enough time has not yet passed.
The majority of people who had their second six months ago include those living in residential care homes for older adults, all adults aged 50 years or over, frontline health and social care workers, all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers.
What is the criteria for a booster jab?
Now that the booster jab will be extended to all over-18, the only criteria you need to meet is that your second shot was delivered six months prior to your booster.
Covid booster programme to be extended to all over-18
Although the booster programme has been recommended to be extended everyone over 18, only those who had their second shot six months ago are eligible.
Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland, Patricia Donnelly, head of Northern Ireland's vaccination programme explained. '"The roll-out of boosters to the entire adult population will be on a staged basis, given the JCVI recommendation and the required gap between second dose and booster,"
This recommendation from the JCVI does allow everyone to access a booster whatever their age, however, they will not be able to do so unless they meet the criteria.
When can you get your booster jab?
You can only get your booster jab six months after having your second dose of the vaccine.
This means you will only become eligible to receive the booster after you pass the six month mark from your second vaccination.
Where can you get a Covid booster jab?
You can access the jab at your GP clinic or within your local trust if you are eligible at a booster clinic.
There are also community pharmacies offering the jab.
Community pharmacies where you can get your booster
If you are a Frontline Health or Social Care Workers with direct patient contact or are aged over 50, you are able to get your jab at a local community pharmacy.
The pharmacies where you are able to access a booster are outlined here, you will need to book in to make an appointment in advance and slots have been filling up fast.
What if you need to get the Covid vaccine?
If you haven't gotten your Covid vaccine yet and want to, there are ways in which you can access this.
To be eligible you need to be:
Aged 16 years and over (you must have reached your 16th birthday on the date you go for vaccination).
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable aged 12 to 15 with a letter from a paediatrician.
Aged 12 and over and living with an immunosuppressed person with a letter from a GP or Health Trust confirming eligibility.
Anyone aged 12 to 15 years of age will be offered the vaccine as part of a school-based programme.
You can get your first dose at a community pharmacy and your second dose at one of the following trust vaccination centres:
Belfast HSC Trust
Royal Victoria Hospital vaccination centre:
daily, 8.30 am to 7.00 pm (eight weeks after your first dose)
Queen's University, south dining hall:
10 to 12 November, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Girdwood community hub, Girdwood Avenue, BT14 6EG:
Sunday 14 November, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Northern HSC Trust area
The Junction, Antrim:
Saturday 13 November, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Adult Centre, Magherafelt:
Sunday 14 November, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Coleraine: Monday 15 November, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Jordanstown: Monday 15 November, 10.00 am to 3.30 pm
Hawthorn Adult Centre, Carrickfergus:
Saturday 20 November, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
South Eastern HSC Trust area
Bowtown Community Centre, Bowtown Estate, 11a Abbot Garden, BT23 8LU (Moderna 18 plus, Pfizer):
Thursday 11 November, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Southern HSC Trust area
The Junction, Dungannon:
Sunday 21 November, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Silverbridge Resource Centre:
Wednesday 17 November, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Newtownhamilton Rural Hall:
Thursday 18 November, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Western HSC Trust area
Former House of Value, Foyle Road, Derry/ Londonderry:
Wednesday 10 November, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm
The Vale Centre, Greysteel:
Thursday 11 November, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm
NWRC Strabane Campus, Strabane:
Monday 15 November, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
NWRC Strand Road, Derry/ Londonderry:
Tuesday 16 November, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm
SWC Enniskillen Campus, Enniskillen :
Tuesday 16 November, 12.00 pm to 8.00 pm
UU Magee, Northland Road, Derry/ Londonderry:
Wednesday 17 November, 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
SWC Omagh Campus, Omagh:
Wednesday 17 November, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm
An Creagan Centre, Creggan, Omagh:
Thursday 25 November, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Farm Families, Community Hub, Beragh:
Monday 6 December, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Farm Families, Ecclesville Centre, Fintona:
Tuesday 7 December, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Farm Families, St Ninnidh’s Parish Hall, Derrylin (covering both Lisnaskea and Derrylin first dose):
Monday 13 December, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
It's important to remember that you need to wait eight weeks in-between your first and second dose.
What if you are pregnant?
If you want advice on getting vaccinated whilst pregnant, your obstetrician or midwife will be able to help.
Local Health and Social Care Trust are also running special antenatal vaccination clinics.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have put together detailed questions and answers on the vaccine, pregnancy and breastfeeding, you can read it here.
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