Those under 12 who are immunosuppressed will be offered a children’s version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of the programme.
Over 75s and care home residents are among those in England and Wales who will be offered COVID-19 booster jabs this spring, the government has announced.
Those who are eligible – including individuals aged five years and over who are immunosuppressed – will be offered the vaccine roughly six months after their last dose.
The Pfizer, Moderna, Sanofi/GSK vaccines are among the options available. Which vaccine people receive will depend on local supply.
The Novavax jab will also be available for use only when alternatives are not considered clinically suitable.
Those eligible under 12 will be offered a children’s version of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) COVID-19 Committee, said: “Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 and the spring booster programme provides an opportunity for those who are at highest risk of severe illness to keep their immunity topped up.
“This year’s spring programme will bridge the gap to the planned booster programme in the autumn, enabling those who are most vulnerable to be well protected throughout the summer.”