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Covid-19 and Flu Programme

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Helpful information about the COVID-19 and flu vaccination programme

Since the first COVID-19 vaccine was given, it has saved many lives, helped tens of thousands to stay out of hospital, and made it easier for us to live with COVID.

But the virus is still with us and is still making people very ill every day.

And, as we head into autumn and winter, flu will present further dangers. While for most people flu is unpleasant, it can be very dangerous and even life-threatening for some, particularly those with certain health conditions. The flu vaccine is the best protection against getting seriously ill from flu and spreading it to other people.

Who can have the COVID-19 booster?

The following people are eligible for a COVID-19 booster:

  • People who live or work in a care home for older adults
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • People aged 50 and over
  • People aged 5-49 who are immunosuppressed
  • People aged 5-49 who have a health condition that puts them at greater risk from COVID
  • People aged 5-49 who live with someone who is immunosuppressed
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged 16-49 who are carers

How will I get an appointment?

When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be a letter or phone call, either from their GP or the national NHS booking service.

This letter will include all the information a person will need to book appointments. Some services are currently also phoning and texting patients to invite them in.

NHS inviting those who are most susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19 and those aged 75 and over to book an appointment first.

If you are immunosuppressed you can self-declare and attend walk-ins.

Health and Social Care Workers can also self-declare and attend walk-ins.

You should be offered an appointment between September and December 2022, with those at highest risk being called in first. You should have your booster at least three months after your last dose of vaccine.

If you are eligible for a flu vaccine, you may be able to have both COVID-19 and flu at the same time – it is perfectly safe to do so.

If they are not available at the same time please go ahead anyway, you can catch up with the other vaccine later.

Getting your full COVID-19 protection

Some people might need to catch up on missed doses.

The vaccine offer is known as an evergreen, so whether it’s a first, second or booster dose, people who have not yet come forward for their vaccine can do so at a time to suit them. 

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for anyone aged five and over.

For the latest information on COVID-19 eligibility visit the NHS’s Covid-19 website.

A guide to Autumn boosters – published 18 August 2022

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