The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems.
Flu Clinics 2022/2023
We are planning to deliver multiple clinics from both our Reepham and Aylsham sites on Saturdays during October. There will not be any expected extension to this time frame and any patient unable to attend will need to consider other providers.
Assuming Coronavirus stock is made available to us for the same dates as above, where eligible we will be co-administering both vaccines at the same time. We do not anticipate being able or needing to deliver these vaccinations separately.
We have Fluad (over 65 yr) and Flucelvax (under 65yr) and Fluenz (under 18yr) to administer for our influenza vaccinations.
Stock is due from three separate deliveries and expected to arrive on site in time for the 1st, 3rd and 4th weeks in October.
We are awaiting confirmation regarding Coronavirus supplies and delivery but expect it to be Moderna and in time to co-administer with the Influenza vaccine.
A summary is provided below of expected eligibility, please be aware that whilst this is confirmed for Influenza, there may be further updates which supersede this regarding administration of the Coronavirus vaccination.
Each of the below groups will be able to access vaccinations through the practice unless otherwise indicated:
Cohort / Group
Over 65 years of age
16 – 64 years in a clinical risk group
6m – 16 years in a clinical risk group
Long stay care home residents
Frontline Health and Social Care Workers
Close contacts of anyone immunocompromised
50 – 64 years not in a clinical risk group
4 – 16 years not in a clinical risk groupSchool administration only
Priority will be given to our most vulnerable patients from the first delivery and will include any resident in a care home (including staff) and patients who are housebound. If this is you, we will contact you separately to arrange a visit.
We anticipate being able to send most of our invitations to book appointments using an online link via SMS by mid-September. Please make sure your mobile number is up to date on your medical records to access this easy-to-use facility. Those unable to be invited this way will be called to book once clinics details have been confirmed.
All our clinics will be delivered using appointments to help with footfall on each clinic day. As you are aware we have limited parking at both our surgeries and ask that if you can walk or park in an alternative location i.e., car parks close to both, this would be appreciated.
We kindly ask that you wait to be invited to book an appointment until mid-September before contacting the practice. We are aware that sometimes it is difficult to identify some patients listed above e.g., those who are immunosuppressed or their close contacts.
If you consider yourself eligible as per the above and are not invited by mid-September, please do contact us so that we can check your eligibility and book an appointment if appropriate.
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:
are 50 and over
have certain health conditions
are in long-stay residential care
receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
frontline health or social care workers
have a serious long-term health condition, including:
respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
chronic kidney disease
liver disease, such as hepatitis
neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
a learning disability
problems with your spleen, for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy