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Booster Programme

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Last updated 20 October 2021

On 14 September 2021 the JCVI published its recommendations on the booster programme for the UK: JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 booster vaccination - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Who is being offered a booster?

We are following these recommendations in Powys and will be offering a booster dose to:

  • 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
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

When is the booster offered?

Based on national guidance the booster must be provided no sooner than six months after their second dose.

You should normally expect to receive an invitation for your booster between 6-8 months after your second dose, if you are in one of the categories above.


Where will the booster be offered?

Most booster vaccinations will take place in mass vaccination centres in Newtown, Llanelwedd and Bronllys. This is the best way for us to offer the Pfizer vaccine (the main vaccine type recommended for the booster programme) to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

After very careful consideration, most GP practices have assessed that they are not able to offer the booster dose at this time. Welshpool, Rhayader and Presteigne (also covering Knighton) are offering COVID-19 booster doses for their registered patients aged 80 and over. Please do not contact your GP practice about booster doses (with the exception of over 80s registered with Welshpool, Rhayader and Presteigne who should follow advice from their practice).


When will I receive my booster?

The first invitations are currently being sent to people who received their second dose in February 2021 and early March 2021.

You should normally expect to receive an invitation for your booster between 6-8 months after your second dose, if you are in one of the categories above.


What should I do if I cannot attend the time I am offered?

If you receive an invitation letter and cannot attend the time we have offered you, please use our form to let us know


Which vaccine type will I be offered?

Booster doses in Powys will normally be with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. If a clinician has advised you not to have the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or you are allergic to its ingredients then please ring our booking team when you receive your appointment letter and they will be able to provide advice.

More information about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is available from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) website.


What should I do if I was not in these eligible groups when I had my second dose but have joined an eligible group since then (eg become a frontline healthcare worker)?

If it is more than eight months since your second dose and you have moved into an eligible group (e.g. become a frontline healthcare worker) since your second dose then you can complete our Priority Access Form to request an appointment.


What should I do if it is more than eight months since my second dose and I have not received an invitation?

If it is more than eight months since your second dose and you have not received your invitation then you can complete our Priority Access Form to request an appointment.


Are drop-in appointments available for boosters?

No. We are not currently offering drop-in sessions for boosters.


Are reserve list appointments available?

On rare occasions reserve appointments may be available at very short notice (for example, because we need to use doses in an open vial before our centre closes). If your second dose was before 4 April you can fill in our reserve list form here:


Where can I find out more about the COVID-19 Vaccine?

More information is available from the Public Health Wales website.


Where can I report adverse effects?

Reports of adverse events can be reported through the MHRA Coronavirus Yellow Card page 

Please do not contact your health board or GP practice for a booster vaccination.


Archive Information:

Earlier this year, Welsh Government set out initial headlines in their COVID-19 vaccination strategy update: COVID-19 vaccination strategy and updates | GOV.WALES and interim guidance was published the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: JCVI interim advice: potential COVID-19 booster vaccine programme winter 2021 to 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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