COVID-19 vaccinations and flu vaccine

Covid-19 autumn booster and flu vaccine

Groups eligible for the free flu and COVID-19 vaccines this year are:

Free Covid-19 jab

Free flu jab

All adults aged 50 years and over All adults aged 50 years and over
Pregnant women Pregnant women (see Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy)
Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults Those in long-stay residential care homes
Persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers Carers
Persons aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
Frontline health and social care workers Frontline health and social care workers
Persons aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group, as set out in the Green Book, chapter 14a, tables 3 and 4

Those aged 6 months to 65 years in at-risk groups, including people with the following health conditions:

  • Respiratory (lung) diseases, including asthma
  • Heart disease, kidney disease or liver disease
  • Neurological (brain or nerve) conditions including learning disability
  • Diabetes (see a short film of a woman with Type 1 diabetes talking about why she gets the flu vaccine)
  • A severely weakened immune system (immunosuppression), a missing spleen, sickle cell anaemia or coeliac disease
Being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
 

All children aged 2 to 10 years on 31 Aug 2022 (see Nasal Flu vaccine)

 

Secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9 - any remaining vaccine will be offered to children in years 10 and 11, subject to vaccine availability (see Nasal Flu vaccine)

 

If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill. Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around.

Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines. If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time.

If you are not able to have both vaccines at the same time, please go ahead with the vaccine you can have; you can catch up with the other vaccine later.

 

Influenza (flu) is a very common and highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It is much more severe than the common cold and often results in at least two or three days in bed, leading to missed work and school days. 

While flu is unpleasant for most people it can be very dangerous and even life threatening for some, particularly people with certain health conditions. 

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. Like all vaccines used in the UK, it’s been approved by the UK’s independent regulatory body for medicines and vaccines. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. 

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, it is important to get it every year because the viruses that cause flu change every year. This means the flu (and the vaccine) this year may be different from last year. 

The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading. Please come forward for vaccination as soon as you are invited

The flu vaccine is offered to people most at risk of getting seriously ill from flu or who are most likely to pass flu to other people at risk. This year, the free vaccine will be offered to those most at risk from flu first. This includes younger children, older people (65 years and over), those in clinical risk groups and pregnant women

From mid October 2022, people aged 50 to 64 years old that aren’t in a clinical risk group, will also be able to get a free flu vaccine. Please wait until mid October before booking an appointment with your GP practice or a local community pharmacy so those most at risk can get their vaccine first. 

Some secondary school aged children will be offered a flu vaccine by the local school-aged immunisation provider service, most likely later in the season.

If your child is in a clinical risk group, please contact your GP if you would like your child to receive the vaccine earlier in the season.

 

  • You can have the NHS flu vaccine at your GP surgery, a pharmacy offering the service, your midwifery service if you're pregnant, or at a hospital appointment
  • You do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to get a flu vaccine. Registering with a GP is an important thing to do as it allows you to access healthcare services, but you should not be turned away from a walk-in pharmacy site if you’re unregistered
  • You may be asked to declare your health condition that makes you eligible for the free flu vaccine. No immigration checks will be carried out when you receive the vaccine

Who should have the nasal spray flu vaccine?

The nasal spray flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022 (born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020)
  • all primary school children (Reception to Year 6)
  • some secondary school aged children
  • children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and has a long-term health condition that makes them at higher risk from flu, they'll be offered a flu vaccine injection instead of the nasal spray.

This is because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2 years old.

The nasal spray vaccine offers the best protection for children aged 2 to 17 years. They'll be offered a flu vaccine injection if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them. Injected flu vaccines are also safe and effective.

 

People aged 50 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, those aged 5 years and over in a clinical risk group, and health and social care staff will be offered a booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine this autumn. 

COVID-19 is still with us and people can still become very ill. Having your booster will ensure you continue to have the best protection against Coronavirus through the winter months. 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19

The NHS is inviting eligible people when it’s their turn to come forward.

The oldest and most vulnerable will be called forward first, with people able to book in online or through 119 as long as it has been three months since their last dose

The NHS will continue to advise local sites to allow immunosuppressed patients to self-declare and attend walk-ins to make getting the extra protection as easy as possible.

Please accept the vaccination that is offered to you as soon as you are able to. It is important to have your booster and build up your protection against severe illness before the winter.

It’s not too late to get an earlier dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you need one.

 

Covid-19 vaccinations in Redbridge 

All eligible residents can book their first, second or Booster COVID-19 vaccination appointments by:

  • booking via the NHS website 
  • booking by calling 119
  • visiting your local pharmacy
  • visiting one of the local vaccination centres listed below

King George Hospital, IG3 8YB

  9.30am - 3.30pm              (Closed 12.30pm to 1pm) 4pm - 5.30pm
Monday 12 September  Closed Closed
Tuesday 13 September 18+ Spikevax Bivalent   (Autumn Booster) Closed
Wedensday 14 September Closed Closed
Thursday 15 September 18+ Spikevax Bivalent   (Autumn Booster) To be updated delivery dependant
Friday 16 September 18+ Spikevax Bivalent   (Autumn Booster) To be updated delivery dependant

 

  9.30am - 12.00pm        (Closed 12.00pm to 1.30pm) 1.30pm - 5.30pm 
Saturday 17 September 18+ Spikevax Bivalent (Autumn Booster)  12-17s Pfizer

 

  8.30am - 1pm            (Closed 1pm - 2.30pm) 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 18 September 5-11s & 12 years with Pfizer 10 first dose 18+ Spikevax Bivalent (Autumn Booster)

 

  9.30am - 3.30pm              (Closed 12.30pm to 1pm) 4pm - 5.30pm
Monday 19 September Closed Closed
Tuesday 20 September 18+ Spikevax Bivalent   (Autumn Booster) 5-11s & 12 years with Pfizer 10 first dose
Wedensday 21 September  Closed Closed
Thursday 22 September 18+ Spikevax Bivalent (Autumn Booster) 5-11s & 12 years with Pfizer 10 First dose
Friday 23 September 18+ Spikevax Bivalent (Autumn Booster) 5-11s & 12 years with Pfizer 10 First dose

 

  9.30am - 12.00pm        (Closed 12.00pm to 1.30pm) 1.30pm - 5.30pm 
Saturday 24 September 18+ Spikevax Bivalent (Autumn Booster) 12-17s Pfizer

 

  8.30am - 1pm            (Closed 1pm - 2.30pm) 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 25 September  5-11s & 12 years with Pfizer 10 First dose 18+ Spikevax Bivalent (Autumn Booster)

 

Fullwell Cross Medical Centre, Barkingside, IG6 2HG

We will publish details once these have been confirmed. 

 

 

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