24 May 2022

The JCVI has provided interim advice to the government to include coronavirus booster doses in its operational planning for autumn 2022 (published on 19 May 2022).

The autumn booster would be for adults (16 to 64) identified in the clinical risk group, alongside over 65s, residents in care homes for older people, and frontline social care and health workers.

Prof Wei Shen Lim, Chair of COVID-19 vaccination on the JCVI, said: "Last year’s autumn booster vaccination programme provided excellent protection against severe COVID-19, including against the Omicron variant.

"We've 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, to enable high levels of protection for more vulnerable individuals and frontline healthcare staff over next winter. As we continue to review the scientific data, further updates to this advice will follow."

Read the interim guidance on the autumn 2022 COVID booster programme.

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