But don’t roll your sleeve down just yet – as two vaccines have been approved as booster doses.
The news comes as health secretary Sajid Javid said he is ‘confident’ a booster programme can begin this month.
But what is a booster shot – and when will it be offered to you?
What is a booster Covid vaccine?
A booster shot is an extra delivery of a vaccine, following the initial doses.
In the case of Covid-19, the aim is to give people extra protection against the coronavirus and ensure no further lockdown measures are needed.
For other viruses, research has shown that booster shots train your body to recognize the virus and defend itself.
Who can get the booster Covid vaccine?
The planned NHS timetable would see as many as 35 million booster shots given out by Christmas.
It remains unknown whether everyone over 50 and all the clinically vulnerable will be eligible for a booster, or whether they are going to be restricted to the oldest groups and those most at-risk.
Details for when the rest of the population could expect to receive their Covid-19 booster vaccines are yet to be announced.
Is the booster Covid vaccine the same as the first shot?
Not necessarily – new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance says Pfizer boosters can be given to anyone, regardless of which doses they had previously, but AstraZeneca should only be given to those who have previously received it.
A £19.3 million UK clinical trial run by the University Hospital Southampton is testing the Pfizer jab alongside those from AstraZeneca, Moderna, Novavax, Janssen from Johnson & Johnson, Valneva and CureVac.
When will I get the booster Covid vaccine?
Sajid Javid said that the JCVI is expected to spell out exactly who should release the order of which people can get a booster shot ‘within days’.
There will be more information on when you can expect to get a booster jab then.
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