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COVID-19 autumn booster programme begins
Date
Tue, 20 Sep 2022
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As previously updated, all adults aged 50 and over will be offered a COVID-19 booster and a flu jab this autumn to increase protection against respiratory viruses ahead of the winter.   

The NHS booking site for autumn boosters initially opened on Wednesday 7 September for those who are aged 75 and over, immunosuppressed or frontline health and social care workers. On Monday 13 September, the NHS announced the cohort groups were opening up further. 

The NHS booking site is currently open for autumn COVID-19 boosters for those who are: 

  • aged 65 and over 
  • aged five and over and immunosuppressed 
  • pregnant women 
  • carers aged 16 + 
  • aged five to 64 years who are household contacts of anyone immunosuppressed 
  • aged five to 64 years in a clinical risk group 
  • frontline health and social care workers. 

The above groups can book directly online on the NHS booking site Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or by calling 119 and do not need to wait for an invite. The appointment dates offered will start from three months (91 days) after the previous dose to maximise protection throughout the winter.

The vaccination of those living or working in a care home for older adults has also begun across the East Riding and nationally, supported by the primary care networks (PCNs) and local GP practices.

The NHS will get in contact and announce when it is time for all adults aged 50 to 64 to book their autumn booster, via text, phone call or letter, once the groups listed above have been booked in. 

Read more about the programme rollout on the NHS website: How to get a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 

Please note that autumn boosters can only be given at least three months after a previous dose. 

What about the flu vaccine?

For those that are eligible for the NHS flu vaccine, invites are currently being sent out by the NHS, with priority groups invited to come forward for their vaccine first.

Intrahealth are also sending out consent forms to parents and guardians through schools for those in reception up to Year 6 and will be booking dates in for primary school vaccination clinics (children are generally offered the nasal spray form of the flu vaccine). Children aged two and three years (on 31 August 2022) will also be offered the vaccination at their GP, usually by the practice nurse.

This autumn, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has widened the offer of the free flu vaccine to more eligible groups in England, including: 

  • All adults aged 50 to 64 years 
  • Secondary school children in Years 7, 8 and 9, who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first). 

These additional groups will only be eligible once the most vulnerable, including pre-school and primary school children, those aged 65 years and over and those in clinical risk groups, have been offered the jab. 

For more information about eligible groups and how and where to book, visit: Flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 

For complete lists of all cohorts and 'Frequently Asked Questions' on both the booster programme and flu vaccines, read the council website update: Autumn vaccination programme update (eastriding.gov.uk)

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