Autumn / Winter Vaccination Programme

FAQs and Booking – Updated 13 October 2021
Autumn / Winter Vaccination Programme: Covid-19 Booster and Flu  

Patient guidance
Covid-19 second doses – you must be 8+ weeks since your first dose

Covid-19 booster jabs – you must be 6 months since your second dose

Flu vaccinations – you must be a patient at one of our GP surgeries

Am I eligible for the Covid-19 booster?  
JCVI advises that for the 2021 COVID-19 booster vaccine programme individuals who received vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1 to 9) should be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine.  
This includes: 

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults 
  • all adults aged 50 years or over 
  • frontline health and social care workers 
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers 
  • adult household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals 

As most younger adults will only have received their second COVID-19 vaccine dose in late summer or early autumn, the benefits of booster vaccination in this group will be considered at a later time when more information is available. 
I am eligible, so when can I get my third Covid-19 Vaccination Booster?  

If you are eligible, you’ll be invited to get a booster vaccine when it is your turn, and at least six months after your second dose. Boosters will be given in the same order of priority as for the initial vaccine, as follows:  

  1. Care home residents and staff 
  1. People aged 80 and over, and frontline health and social care workers 
  1. People aged 75 and over 
  1. People aged 70 and over, and adults who are clinically extremely vulnerable 
  1. People aged 65 and over 
  1. Adults who are at higher risk from Covid-19, including people with heart and circulatory conditions  
  1. People aged 60 and over 
  1. People aged 55 and over 
  1. People aged 50 and over 

If you meet the eligibility criteria for the booster, this is when to expect your appointment: 

If you had your 2nd Covid Vaccination in…  
You can anticipate your booster… 
Jan / Feb  October – November
March  October – November
April  October / November
May  November / December
June December / January

Can I have the Covid-19 Booster at the same time as my Flu Vaccination? 
We are now able to co-administer Covid and Flu Booster Vaccinations for those who are eligible (18+) and we ask patients to wait to be contacted for an appointment. When patients are booked for a Flu Vaccination with any of the Alliance for Better Care managed sites, they will be asked to confirm if they would like to receive the Covid Booster Vaccine at the same appointment. If patients receive their flu vaccination at one of our sites prior to co-administration, we will ensure there is the opportunity to book a further appt with our team to return for your Covid Booster Vaccine. If you are eligible, you can request an appointment online.

Our Roving Teams have started to visit vulnerable patients at home to administer Flu Vaccinations. For those who are seen prior to co-administration, the roving team will return to those patients for their booster jab. 
Do I have to wait to be called or can I book an appointment for both? 
Please wait to be contacted about your Covid-19 Booster Vaccination and please don’t call your local GP practice as they will not be able to book you for an appointment directly.  If you are eligible, you can request an appointment online.

If you’ve been contacted by your practice to book a Flu Vaccination 
Our contact centre staff will ask you if you’re happy to book both vaccinations at the same time and we will facilitate this wherever possible. If you are eligible, you can request an appointment online. You must be registered at one of our practices to be eligible for a Flu Vaccination at one of our sites.

Can I book online?
If you are eligible, you can request an appointment online. Please complete our form to receive a text from us so that you can book an appointment online. This is from the system ‘AccuRx’ and it links to our available slots on the system. If there isn’t a convenient slot at your first try, you can continue to come back to the text message and check the link for new clinics and slots.
Will there be a choice in Vaccination given? 
JCVI advises a preference for the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT162b2/ Comirnaty®) vaccine to be offered as the third booster dose irrespective of which vaccine the patient received for their initial doses. If patients have any concerns, they can discuss this with the Clinical Lead on site on the day of the appointment and ask the vaccinator any questions.    

What about Flu Vaccinations (Nasal Sprays) for those under 18 years old
For under 18’s Flu Nasal Sprays, you will be contacted by your GP practice or school.

Book a vaccination

Please complete this form if you are eligible for a Covid-19 Booster or Flu jab and would like us to send you a link to book your Covid-19 Booster and/or Flu Jab via text message. Texts will take up to 48 hours from when your form is submitted. Texts received will contain a message asking you to click a link that takes you to this is the official booking system.

Click on 'month' to show you options and then on 'year' to either type in your year or use the up and down arrows to select. You can then click on the date.
Covid-19 Boosters have to be atleast 6 months from your second jab. The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who: are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022) | have certain health conditions | are pregnant | are in long-stay residential care | receive a carer's allowance | or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick | live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis) | frontline health or social care workers.
If you're not due your Covid-19 Booster at this stage, we will take your details and you will receive a text message when you are eligible to book. This means that you will not have to follow up with your practice or our team as you will already be on the waiting list.
We are only able to book people who are eligible for a Covid-19 Booster of Flu Jab under the NHS as per the criteria above.

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