The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to limit your risk of COVID-19.
Currently, only children between 6 months and 4 years old who are at increased risk are eligible for a first dose of the vaccine.
This autumn, people who are 6 months to 64 years and have CF, are eligible for the COVID-19 booster across the UK. All adults over 65 are also eligible.
The NHS will contact those eligible for the booster vaccine.
The UK government issued a press release about the booster vaccines with more detailed information about eligibility.
Specific details about who is considered to be high risk are outlined in the COVID-19 green book.
There is up to date information about the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website.
We have answered some of your questions about vaccination and the upcoming booster vaccine below.
If you have any further questions about COVID-19 vaccines, please speak to your CF team, or contact our Helpline.
I have CF, am I eligible for the booster vaccine?
Yes, everyone with cystic fibrosis over 6 months of age is eligible for the booster vaccine.
I live in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, will I be eligible for the booster vaccine?
If you have cystic fibrosis, yes. All three nations have announced they will follow the JCVI advice. This means their criteria will be the same as it is in England.
I live with someone with CF, am I eligible for the booster vaccine?
Not necessarily. People who live with someone with cystic fibrosis are only eligible for the booster if the person with CF is immunosuppressed.
I am immunosuppressed but have heard that the vaccine may not be as effective. Should I get a seasonal booster when offered?
Yes. There is some evidence that additional doses of vaccine boost the level of protection in those who did not appear to respond or responded less strongly to two doses. Seasonal boosters may continue to offer some protection even if you are immunosuppressed.
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What is the booster vaccine for?
The booster vaccine is an additional dose of the vaccine for all those who received two or three doses as part of the first phase of the vaccine programme. Most people with CF are likely to have had a good immune response to their first two doses. The booster is intended to protect people against COVID-19 infection for longer. Booster vaccines will be offered to people at increased risk of COVID-19 in autumn.
If you have any questions about your COVID-19 vaccines, please speak to your CF team, or call our Helpline.
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