2021 Flu Season and Covid-19 Booster Programme
The Covid vaccination programme has been a huge success, which has seen the Kenilworth and Warwick Primary Care Network vaccinate over 70,000 people since the programme began on the 15th December 2020.
The government has now announced their intention for a third Covid booster vaccine to be given alongside the flu vaccine (subject to guidance) to the following patient groups:
- Those aged 65 and over
- Those aged 18 to 64 in an at risk category
- Those aged 50 to 64 not in an at risk category
As a network, our five Practices (Chase Meadow Health Centre, Priory Medical Centre, Avonside Health Centre, Abbey Medical Centre and Castle Medical Centre) will be working together to deliver the programmes as we have done since December 2020. We have put together some frequently asked questions which we hope you will find beneficial:
Can the vaccines be given at the same time?
The government intends for the vaccines to be given at the same time, however studies are currently underway and the results and recommended guidance will be published sometime in August to confirm if both vaccines can be given together.
What if they can’t be given together? Can I have my flu vaccine at the Practice?
We are planning for both scenarios in case future guidance does not allow for both vaccines to be given at the same time. Should this happen, flu clinics will be arranged on separate dates but will still be at The Ramada Hotel and will not be given at the GP Practice. This is to help us facilitate our planning and simplify the process for our patients.
I had one dose of Covid vaccine, can I have my booster vaccine during one of these clinics?
At the moment the information we have is that the booster programme running alongside the flu vaccination programme is for third doses only. Should you wish to receive your second dose, please contact your GP Practice to arrange this separately.
How will I be invited?
We will send invites through a variety of means; via text message, phone calls and/or letters. Please ensure your contact details are up to date. You can update your contact details here.
Will children’s flu vaccines be given at The Ramada?
No. Children’s flu vaccines will still be given at the GP Practice as currently they are not eligible to receive the Covid vaccine. Children aged 2 and 3 and those at risk who are in secondary school will be invited to attend the Practice in due course.
When do the clinics begin?
We anticipate the programme will begin from the second week of September but this is subject to change depending on guidance.
If I don’t want the Covid booster but I want the flu vaccine can I still book in?
Yes. Your vaccine will still be given at The Ramada Hotel.
Do I need to wait for 15 minutes after the vaccination?
If you receive the Pfizer booster vaccination you will need to stay for a 15 minute observation period.
Which vaccine will I get?
This has not yet been confirmed.