Information on vaccines - Public Health Dorset

Information on vaccines

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The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.

People aged 16 and over can book their 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re aged 16 or over, you can:

Booster doses

A 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.

Booster vaccine doses are available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.

This includes:

  • People aged 40 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 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

If you’re eligible, you’ll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months after you had your 2nd dose. Most people can:

  • Book a vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
  • Wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery and book an appointment with them.

There are also a small number of sites offering walk-ins.

12-15-year olds

The 1st dose of the of the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to children aged 12 to 15 to give them the best protection against COVID-19. This includes children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination.

Most children will be given their vaccine at school during school hours. They will be given 1 dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

As a parent or guardian, you will get a letter or email with information about when the vaccine will be offered, and you’ll be asked to give consent.

Instead of using the in-school service, you or your child can also:

  • Book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
  • Check if there is a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site near you to get vaccinated without needing an appointment.

Info about the jab

There is a lot of false information on the COVID-19 vaccination, and it’s important that you know the facts in order to make an informed decision.

For the facts on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: Vaccinations - NHS (

For information on why the vaccination is safe and important, visit: Why vaccination is safe and important - NHS (

Fertility and pregnancy

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant or think you might be, you’re breastfeeding, you’re trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future.

If you’re pregnant and have not had a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s preferable for you to have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

You can book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online.

Find out more advice on the COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy here: COVID-19 vaccination: a guide on pregnancy and breastfeeding - GOV.UK (

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