A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

This includes:

  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline social care workers

How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine
You will not be able to have a booster dose until at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose.

We are delivering booster doses of the vaccine in a number of different ways across Dorset.

How to get your jab at Dorset County Hospital (DCH) if you are in the Dorset Council area

Message for Dorset Council social care workers

The Dorset County Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Hub at the Children’s Centre, Dorchester, will reopen on 5 October 2021 as part of the national booster jab programme. All frontline social care workers who have already received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to receive the booster jab and everyone who has been vaccinated at the DCH hub already will receive an appointment letter in the next few weeks.

Hospital hubs must follow the national guidance which outlines the ‘frontline’ healthcare staff eligible for the boosters. Please let the booking team know if you have changed roles and are no longer eligible to receive the booster jab.

Please make every effort to attend the appointment that is made for you, but if you have to change your appointment please contact the booking team on 01305 255883. The booking line will be open 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. The vaccination hub will be open Tuesday to Saturday each week.

If in the meantime you are contacted by your GP offering you a booster jab please do take up that offer, and contact our booking team to let them know you no longer need a booster jab at the DCH hub.

How to get your jab at University Hospitals Dorset (UHD – formerly Poole and the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch hospitals) if you are in the BCP area

Message for BCP social care workers

 UHD will be running weekend COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics on Saturdays and Sundays for 10 weeks from 2 October. These will alternate between the Poole and the Royal Bournemouth outpatient departments, with the first weekend being at Poole Hospital.

In order to book a place, please use this link and follow the instructions provided. You will need to know the dates of your original Covid vaccinations, GP name and address and your NHS number.

Please continue to use normal precautions for COVID-19 when attending the clinic, including use of face coverings and hand sanitiser.

You will need to bring a photo ID and proof of your employer. If your workplace ID does not include a photo, please bring it along with an alternative form of photo ID. If you do not have a workplace ID, please bring a letter from your employer plus an alternative form of photo ID.

As for DCH, if you are offered a booster jab by your GP in the meantime, please accept that offer to ensure as many people as possible can be covered.

Flu Vaccination

Please note that neither University Hospital Dorset or Dorset County Hospital will be able to offer social care staff a flu vaccination at the same time as their booster jab.

Other option to get your booster

You can also access your booster via the national booking system at an alternative vaccination site that might be more suitable to you or closer to home or work: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/

Still not had your first or second COVID-19 vaccine jab? There’s still time. It’s not too late!

There is still time to get your COVID-19 jab. There are many opportunities across Dorset where you can get your vaccine. Go to: nhs.uk/CovidVaccine

Last updated 29/09/21