Groups eligible for influenza vaccinations are based on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The programme aims to provide direct protection to those who are at higher risk of influenza associated morbidity and mortality and to reduce transmission to all age groups through the vaccination of children.
The 2 March 2022 letter confirmed that those eligible for the NHS influenza programme are the cohort’s offered vaccine prior to the pandemic:
The below added to the eligible criteria;
Cohorts that were eligible in the 2021 to 2022 season but that are not included in the cohorts for 2022 to 2023 are:
We will continue to keep JCVI’s advice for the influenza vaccination programme under review, but for winter 2022 to 2023 those aged 50 to 64 years will not be offered a free influenza vaccine through the NHS. Whilst the extension of the school’s programme to include all children up to year 11 has been recommended by the JCVI, to be introduced as far as it reasonably practical, this will not be taken forward over the 2022 to 2023 season.
All frontline health care workers, including both clinical and non-clinical staff who have contact with patients, should be offered the influenza vaccine to protect themselves and those they care for. This should be provided by their employer as part of the organisation’s policy to prevent the transmission of infection. Social care workers who are in direct contact with people who receive care and support services should also have the influenza vaccine provided by their employer. There are circumstances where frontline staff, employed by specific social care providers without access to employer led occupational health schemes (see above), can access the vaccine through the NHS free of charge.
Please arrive to your appointment with as much time as possible.
Please do not attend with another person unless they are a carer.
Please wear appropriate clothing so that you are ready for your vaccination.