Update on Autumn 2022 COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Programme

Eligibility and dates

Eligibility for Covid booster vaccines:

  • residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all adults aged 50 years and over
  • persons aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group, as set out in the Green Book, chapter 14a, tables 3 and 4
  • persons aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers, as set out in the Green Book, chapter 14a, table 3

Eligibility for Flu vaccines:

  • all children aged 2 to 3 years on 31 August 2022
  • all primary school aged children (from Reception to year 6). These children will be offered the vaccination by their school and we will not be able to offer this at the practice.
  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2023)
  • people aged 50 years or over from Mid October
  • those aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group such as those with:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma (requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
    • chronic liver disease
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
    • learning disability
    • diabetes
    • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
    • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
    • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the influenza season)
  • household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age)
  • those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • frontline staff without employer led occupational health schemes, employed by a registered residential care or nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients or clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza
  • frontline staff without employer led occupational health schemes, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients or clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza
  • frontline staff without employer led occupational health schemes employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users

 

Cohorts & Timings:

We will be inviting patients to book an appointment starting with those in the higher risk groups.

50-64 yr olds will be the last cohort to be invited. We are waiting for the NHS to advise us when flu vaccine for this group is available.

We would appreciate that patients bear with us while we finalise and confirm our clinic dates and plans. This is subject to vaccine delivery which as in the past years has been subject to last minute changes by the vaccine manufacturers.

 

Clinic Dates:

Once our vaccination deliveries are confirmed we will update the website with clinic dates

 

Booking:

From the 5th of September we will be contacting patients to book appointments.  We would be really grateful if you did not call the surgery to book your vaccination, we have over 5000 patients who are eligible and we need to protect our phone lines for day-to-day surgery business. The practice’s preferred methods for eligible patients to book their covid and flu vaccinations are as follows:

If you're unable to use one of the above methods, please call the surgery between 11:00am & 12:30pm or between 3:30pm & 5pm Monday to Friday and speak to the Covid booking team.

 

Declining the Vaccination

If you do not wish to have either of the vaccinations and do not want any further invitations, please complete this online form.

Published: Aug 26, 2022