We are now taking bookings for all patients in the clinically vulnerable group aged 18 and over and all patients aged over 50. All vaccinations are by appointment this year and can be booked online (via Patient Access or the NHS app) or by telephoning the surgery after 11am. We cannot book by email or eConsult, so please do not use these.
For children aged 2 and 3 and those under 18 in the clinically vulnerable group, the nasal flu vaccine will be available again this year and appointments will be appearing to book online and on the NHS app soon. Telephone bookings will also be available.
Housebound and Nursing/Care Home Patients
Only patients in nursing/care homes and clinically coded as housebound will have covid booster vaccinations with their flu vaccination. This decision has been taken at national level, not by your GP surgery.
Covid boosters will be offered to patients aged 50 and over and in the clinically vulnerable groups. A gap of at least 6 months is needed between the 2nd vaccination and the booster. Boosters will be given from our Colden Common Covid vaccination centre and patients will be contacted when its time to book.
We have been advised the vaccination is a half dose of the Pfizer vaccination given previously. We have no further information at present. The booster vaccination programme is estimated to commence in early October but we are still awaiting confirmation of the delivery dates for the vaccine.
Our understanding at present is that healthcare workers and carers will not be offered a booster unless they are over 50 or in a clinically vulnerable group for health reasons, rather than occupational reasons. If this changes will be in contact with patients about booking.