Availability of the flu vaccination this autumn                                                 

We are aware and understand that the ongoing concerns about COVID-19 may mean that there is an increase in demand for the flu vaccination this year. We will be working hard to ensure that those individuals that are the most at risk from flu and most vulnerable to COVID-19 are prioritised for vaccination to fully protect them this winter.  

We will start delivering flu vaccination services from September 2020 before the beginning of autumn, in line with NHS guidance. 

We will shortly be in touch with more details about how to get your FREE flu vaccine this year.

Those eligible for a flu vaccination this year are as follows:

  • those aged 65 and over as at 31st March 2021;
  • those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups as at 31st March 2021;
  • those who are pregnant;
  • all children aged 2 - 11 as at 31st August 2020 (please note: children aged 2 - 3 will be offered a nasal spray by their GP Surgery and children aged 4– 11 will be offered the nasal spray vaccination at their school);
  • whilst shielding formally ended on 1st August, those that were on the shielding list (see government guidance) and household contacts, are eligible for the flu vaccine this year; 
  • those in long-stay residential care homes or another long-stay care facility;
  • carers;
  • those with a weakened immune system and household contacts;     
  • frontline health staff, and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.
  • all patients aged 50 - 64*;

*Please be aware that flu vaccination for patients aged 50-64 may start at a later date than for those in the other at risk groups described above. We are waiting for further government advice on this.

Published: Aug 21, 2020