‘Boosting your Immunity this Winter’ – Important information regarding vaccinations

 

This year the Vine Medical Centre will be co-administrating flu vaccines with covid-19 boosters. The surgery is currently preparing for a busy flu season so please await further guidance on when you will be invited. Please do not rush, wait to book, and make your appointment with the surgery. At present, the surgery is prioritising covid-19 booster vaccines.

 

How will this work?

If you are eligible you will be invited for both a covid-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine. These vaccines will take place at the same time. However, we may prioritise covid-19 boosters to ensure as much of the population are vaccinated.

 

What covid-19 vaccine will it be? (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca etc.)

We have received confirmation that it will be the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Who will be invited?

Influenza eligibility will work as in previous years. For more information please visit: Flu Eligibility

The covid-19 boosters will be administered according to stages. For more information on which stage you fall into please visit: Covid-19 Booster Eligibility

 

When will I be invited?

The Vine Medical Centre will prioritise those most vulnerable. After which, we will work our way through the age cohorts. Please do not call your GP surgery unless instructed to do so.

 

How will I be invited?

We will be in touch shortly either via letter, email or text. Please look out for communication; there is no need to contact the surgery until we provide you with a booking option.

 

How will the clinics work?

We shall operate clinics just as we did during the original covid-19 vaccine scheme. Patients must book an appointment and attend the surgery wearing a mask. Due to limited parking, we cannot offer patient parking on site.

 

Why have I been invited for a 4th dose?

Patients who are high risk will be invited for a 4th covid-19 vaccine. The 4th dose must take place three months after your 3rd dose. The NHS will contact relevant patients in due course. For more information please visit, High risk patients or contact your hospital consultant.

 

What about patients aged 2-15 years of age?

Pre-school children aged 2 or 3 years (on 31 August 2021) are eligible for a flu vaccine. They will be vaccinated at their general practice. These patients will be invited to attend the surgery during normal opening hours for a booked nurse appointment. Children aged 4 to 15 years will be vaccinated at school.

 

What about shingles and pneumococcal vaccinations?

In the past shingles and pneumococcal vaccinations are delivered during flu clinics. Unfortunately this year the surgery cannot provide shingles and pneumococcal vaccinations at the time of flu and covid-19 administration. Please contact the surgery to book a separate 10-minute nurse consultation for this to be provided.