Getting a second booster is voluntary. Since the vaccine pass was scrapped there is no requirement to get a booster to keep the pass active, but it is recommended for certain groups.
Who qualifies for a 4th shot now?
A fourth dose of the Covid vaccine is now available for some people, specifically those with a long-term illness, a compromised immune system or a chronic medical condition, and everyone aged 60 and over.
In order to qualify as of now, you must be:
Aged 60 or over, and received your booster shot more than six months ago. The age limit was previously 80, but it was lowered to 60 on April 7th. The gap between shots was also expanded from three months to six from April.
Medical conditions – as well as severely ill people like cancer patients, people with a range of conditions including obesity, diabetes, renal, cardiac or respiratory problems or high blood pressure can get a fourth dose. You can find the full list of conditions here.
If you fit the above requirements and have not either contracted Covid or had your last vaccine dose within six months, you are now eligible for the fourth dose.
If you are in an eligible category there is no need to wait for an invitation, you can make your appointment directly with a pharmacy, GP or vaccine centre.
Boosters for children
In addition to a fourth shot, the government has also opened up the standard booster shot programme to certain groups of under 18s.
Adolescents aged 12-17 are encouraged to get a booster dose if they live with an immunocompromised person.
Additionally, anyone aged 12 and over, who had their most recent dose of Covid-19 vaccine at least three months ago can get their first booster dose.
Vaccination is also open to all children ages 5 to 11 years old, but it requires parental authorisation (the form can be found here).
Find an appointment
If you qualify you can book an appointment directly, there is no need to wait for an invitation.
Appointments for vaccinations are open on online medical platforms including Doctolib, as well as via your primary care physician or through a pharmacy.
If you are 80 years or older, you can call 0 800 730 957 (free call) to be put in touch with a health professional who can come to your home to deliver the vaccination.
Many of the large vaccine centres have now closed down.
To find a location near you, you can look here.