Flu Vaccinations and Covid Booster Vaccinations – updated information following government announcement on 30th August

For the 2023/24 season, Frithwood Surgery is pleased to once again deliver the Flu and Covid Booster programme for the season.

Our original instructions from the government and NHS England was for our autumn Covid and influenza vaccination campaigns for adults to start in October.

However, the government has today announced that both vaccinations are to be offered as soon as possible in September.

As soon as we have confirmation of COVID vaccine delivery, we will be contacting all eligible patients and inviting them to book their vaccinations. This may be by text (sometimes with a link to book your appointment), email, letter or phone call.

We hope vaccinations will start mid-September. Administering flu and Covid vaccines during the same appointment is being encouraged, where appropriate.

Government announcement

Who is eligible to receive the flu and Covid vaccination this season?

All patients who will turn 65 by the 31st March 2024 are eligible for both the Flu and Covid Autumn Booster.

Patients eligible for the Flu Vaccine this year are listed here

Patients eligible for the 2023 Covid Autumn Booster are listed here

Please note : Unlike in previous years, the vaccine will not be offered to people aged 50-64 who are not classed as clinically vulnerable.

What about children?

Children aged 2 and 3 years old as at the 31st August 2023 will receive a nasal flu vaccine in their GP Practice. Invitations will be sent to eligible patients as soon as the vaccine is available. This is often in October due to differing delivery schedules for this cohort.

Children aged 17 and under in a clinical at risk group can receive a vaccination at their GP Practice. Anyone of school-age (reception to year 11) and not in a clinical at-risk group will need to wait for the school immunisations team to receive the vaccination in school. Unfortunately we cannot vaccinate children who are not at-risk as we only receive enough vaccines to vaccinate our at-risk patients.