Vaccination Programme 2022

Beginning this September, the Autumn Covid-19 booster and flu vaccine program will commence.

This winter it is expected that many respiratory infections, including Covid-19 and flu may be circulating at high levels – this may put increasing pressure on hospitals and healthcare services. For these reasons, the government has accepted final JCVI advice which states the following people should be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine this autumn:

  • 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, 
  • persons aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers

The National Booking Service (NBS) will open the week beginning of the 5th of September, enabling those aged 75 years and over and self-declaring health and social care workers to book their appointment. Invites will be sent out via SMS from your practice, scheduling you in for one of their clinics.

You should expect to be offered an appointment between September and December, and if you are eligible for a flu vaccine, you may receive that at the same time. At the point of vaccination, you must not have contracted Covid-19 within the last 28 days. If you have or your must recent booster does not coincide with co-administration you can receive the vaccines on separate dates.

There are very few people who should not receive a vaccine. If you have had a severe reaction to a vaccination previously please discuss this with your doctor before your vaccination.