Health bosses in Cornwall say that people will be contacted by their GP surgeries or the NHS when it is their turn to book their Covid booster vaccinations.

The booster jabs are being rolled out in a similar way to the initial vaccines with people being eligible according to their priority.

Some people were unsure what the process was for the third Covid vaccinations and whether they were able to book them themselves.

However, NHS Kernow has said that people should wait to be contacted before making an appointment. Once they have an invitation they will receive instructions on how to book.

Vaccination boosters are first being given to care homes residents before being rolled out for frontline health and social care workers.

They will then be offered to people over 50 after which people aged 16 to 49 with underlying health conditions will be invited for their jabs.

Adult carers and those who have contact with immunosuppressed individuals will also be prioritised for the booster.

The NHS has said that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that it is safe and effective to get the Covid-19 booster and the flu vaccine at the same time. Where possible appointments for both jabs will be made together, but the NHS says that those who are offered appointments should take them up as soon as possible.

NHS Kernow said: “Covid-19 booster and flu vaccinations are available at vaccination centres, GPs or community pharmacists. Those eligible will receive their booster from 6 months after their second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and they will be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn.

“The vaccine is currently being delivered from a range of settings – such as walk-in and mobile vaccination sites – to make accessing the vaccination offer as convenient as possible, particularly for our deprived and underserved communities. As with the Phase 1 and 2 roll-out, booster jabs will be available at a range of locations. 

“People will be offered the vaccine in a range of ways. Primary care teams will vaccinate care home staff and residents. Health and social care staff will be directed to book their appointments through employers, and members of the public will be invited to get their booster through a GP-led service and/or be contacted by the NHS to book through the national Covid-19 vaccination booking service to get their vaccination in a designated pharmacy, vaccination centre or GP-led service.”