Flu & Covid Vaccinations

Who is eligible for a Flu Vaccination?

Groups eligible for influenza vaccinations are based on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The programme aims to provide direct protection to those who are at higher risk of influenza associated morbidity and mortality and to reduce transmission to all age groups through the vaccination of children.

You will usually be administered the vaccine recommended by the JCVI. Please follow this link to see the approved vaccines for this year.

All frontline health care workers, including both clinical and non-clinical staff who have contact with patients, should be offered the influenza vaccine to protect themselves and those they care for. Social care workers who are in direct contact with people who receive care and support services should also have the influenza vaccine provided by their employer. This should be provided by their employer as part of the organisation’s policy to prevent the transmission of infection. 

Cohorts that were eligible in the 2022 to 2023 season but that are not included in the cohorts for 2024 to 2025 are:

  • Those aged 50 to 64 years that are not in an ‘at risk’ category.

Following the transition to living with COVID-19 with a firmly established vaccination programme in place, the temporary expansion to the flu programme is no longer required and this year’s flu vaccine offer has reverted back to those aged 65 and over.

Who is eligible for a Covid Vaccination?

Previous COVID-19 booster programmes offered vaccination to a larger group of individuals as part of the pandemic emergency response. The success of these programmes has enabled us to live with Covid and, this year, we are able to scale back the number of people who require an autumn booster.

The risk of developing severe COVID-19 continues to be strongly associated with increasing age and underlying health conditions and therefore the focus is on those at greatest risk of serious disease.

How do I book my covid and flu appointment?

If you are eligible you will receive a text with a link to book an appointment, alternatively you can telephone the surgery on 01752 776772.

What if I am housebound?

We will contact our household patients directly to offer an at-home flu vaccination. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide more specific arrival times than those provided at the time of booking.

If you are newly housebound, please contact the surgery to inform us of this.

What if I cannot attend my covid and flu vaccination appointment?

If you are unable to attend your flu vaccination appointment, please cancel by telephone at 01752 776772.

What can I expect when I attend my appointment:

  • Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible to reduce queues.
  • Please do not attend with another person unless they are a carer.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing so that you are ready for your injection.
  • Please be aware that our surgery will have limited parking due to the number of patients attending these clinics.