Flu vaccination winter 2021 to 2022
People who are most at risk from the complications of flu are recommended to get a flu vaccine every year.
This winter it is especially important with flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) both in circulation. Research shows that if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time you may be more seriously ill.
You don’t need to wait to be invited to have your vaccine, if you are eligible you can make an appointment at your GP surgery or ask any pharmacy that provides the NHS service.
Flu vaccination clinics will again be by appointment this year. For those who are eligible, we will invite our patients to book an appointment in one of our flu clinics. Please do not attend before your appointment time as social distancing measures have been put in place to prevent overcrowding and maintain patient safety. Patients will not be asked to complete a flu questionnaire this year. Those who do not fall within the eligible categories for a free NHS vaccination will be able to buy a flu vaccine from their local participating pharmacy. Please see our website for further information. Appointments are available to book on line.
Saturday Flu Clinics have now finished. Please check on line for weekday availability or contact reception if you wish to book your flu vaccination appointment
Flu Vaccination Clinic Information - Please read
- All Patients (and their carer) must wear a face mask or visor during their visit.
- Do not attend the flu clinic if you are feeling unwell. Please re-arrange your appointment.
- Please arrive on time, not too early or late
- Only patients with an appointment should enter the surgery
- Please use hand sanitiser when entering the building
- Please note the reception desk will be closed during weekend flu clinics
Home Visit Requests
We will only arrange a home visit to administer the flu vaccine if your medical condition is such that, in the reasonable opinion of the GP practice, it would be inappropriate for you to attend the surgery. All flu home visits this year will be undertaken by a pharmacist working on behalf of the practice.
Eligibility for flu vaccination
You can get a free flu vaccine if you are:
- aged 50 years old and over (including those aged 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- live with someone who is immunocompromised
- are pregnant
- receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
Children aged 2 and 3 years old on the 31 August 2021 and school-aged child from Reception up to Year 11 are also eligible for the flu vaccine.
You can get the flu vaccine at your GP surgery or a pharmacy, if you’re a health or social care worker employed by a:
- registered residential care or nursing home
- registered homecare organisation
Or if you provide health or social care through direct payments or personal health budgets.
Visit NHS.UK to check whether you are eligible.
You are in one of the listed groups – when can you get your flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine is delivered to GP practices, pharmacies and other services in batches in the run up to and over the flu season.
Clinic appointments are scheduled around these staggered deliveries which means that not everyone can get vaccinated straight away and sometimes appointments need to be rearranged if delivery schedules of vaccine change.
Overall there is enough flu vaccine for everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. If you haven’t been able to get your vaccination yet, you will still be able to have it before flu starts to circulate.
Can you go elsewhere if your GP practice or pharmacy has run out?
If you are eligible for the free flu vaccine, you may get it either from your own GP practice or any pharmacy offering NHS flu vaccinations. They should be able to tell you when they expect to be able to offer you a vaccine.
As supply of vaccine may vary between services, if your GP or pharmacy don’t have vaccine immediately available when you contact them, you can contact other pharmacies to see if they can vaccinate you instead.
Pregnant women can ask their maternity provider for the free flu vaccine and some of those visiting hospitals – either as inpatients or outpatients – may also be offered the flu vaccine there.
Flu vaccination for children
Pharmacies don’t provide vaccines to anyone under 18 years old.
If your child was 2 or 3 years old on the 31 August 2021, contact their GP surgery to arrange an appointment.
Children with underlying health conditions can also get the vaccine from their GP surgery (from the age of 6 months old).
If your child is in one of the eligible school-aged groups (Reception to Year 11), they will receive an invitation to have it at school alongside everyone else in their class. But you can ask for your child to have it at their GP surgery if they have an underlying health condition and this is what you prefer.
Why are some people still being offered the vaccine and not others?
There are several types of flu vaccines available. You will be offered one that is recommended for you based on your age. This means some people will be offered a flu vaccine that is in stock while others, who need a different type of vaccine, may have to wait until that vaccine becomes available, but this will be before the flu virus begins to circulate.
Wouldn’t it be better to have any type of flu vaccine rather than wait?
Providers of flu vaccination services are required to offer the vaccine that is most effective for you. It is better to wait to get the right vaccine so that you get the most benefit from it.
Timing of flu vaccination for it to offer protection
It is best to have the vaccine before flu starts to circulate, which is usually from December onwards. But if you have the vaccine later than this, it is still worth having.
You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine - should you wait to have your flu jab so you can have it at the same time?
For most people who are eligible for both the flu jab and COVID-19 booster, they will have to attend 2 appointments. It is important that you do not delay your flu jab in the expectation that you can have it alongside the COVID-19 booster. You need to have your flu jab before flu starts to circulate. If you are offered both vaccines at the same appointment it will save you having to attend a second time. It is safe to have them both together.
What should you do now?
Some people may receive an invitation to come forward for a vaccination from their GP surgery or by a national letter. However, you do not have to wait to be invited before booking an appointment at your GP or pharmacy.
If you are eligible for a flu vaccine but can’t have the flu vaccine now because you have been advised that the best vaccine for you is not currently available, please follow the advice from your GP surgery or pharmacy and remember to book in an appointment at the next opportunity.