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COVID Vaccination Update

The PCN has made the decision to offer Spring Booster Covid Vaccinations to the 75's and over, and immunosuppressed in line with government recommendations. This avoids our most frail and vulnerable having to travel further afield. We are currently only offering the following Saturdays: 9th, 23rd and 30th April.

If you are eligible you will be contacted by NHSE either by text or letter – we will not be writing to, or chasing patients to attend. The spring booster is timed to be given 6m after your last vaccine – this is the best time for boosting your immunity.  We can take bookings from 3m but remember 6m is optimal and having any earlier may make it less effective. You cannot have the vaccine within 4w of testing positive with a Covid infection.

Please book your appointment online where possible to help reduce pressure on our phone lines. If you are unable to book online please contact the surgery.

For more information on who is eligible please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-spring-booster-resources/a-guide-to-the-spring-booster-for-those-aged-75-years-and-older-residents-in-care-homes

Flu Vaccine Delay

Dear Patient

Like many other surgeries across the country, we are affected by the freight issues with delivering flu vaccines this year.  Although our flu vaccines were not due to be delivered until the end of this month, we have received an email to say they could be up to two weeks late and that we will only get 7 days' notice of the delivery date.  Therefore, we should not arrange any flu clinics until we receive notification of delivery.

We know that other local surgeries are already giving flu vaccines, and this will be because they have ordered from another company.  We cannot change our supplier, as the vaccines were ordered 9 months ago, before these freight issues were known about.

We were already delaying publicising our clinics, expecting an imminent announcement about co-administration with covid, so that we do not double up putting on flu and covid clinics at the same time.  This delay gives us a bit more "wait and see" time for the Government to let us know whether we can give the two together.  If possible, co-administration will mean that, those patients who are eligible for both, can have them together in one appointment.  This is more efficient for both the patient and the NHS.

Thank you for your patience and we will update our communications when we have more information.