Covid and Flu Vaccinations 2023/24

Who is eligible for the covid and flu vaccinations?

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.

You will usually be administered the vaccine recommended by the JCVI. Please follow this link to see the approved vaccines for this year.

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. 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. This should be provided by their employer as part of the organisation’s policy to prevent the transmission of infection. 

Cohorts that were eligible in the 2022 to 2023 season but that are not included in the cohorts for 2023 to 2024 are:

  • Those aged 50 to 64 years that are not in an ‘at risk’ category.

Previous COVID-19 booster programmes offered vaccination to a larger group of individuals as part of the pandemic emergency response. The success of these programmes has enabled us to live with Covid and, this year, we are able to scale back the number of people who require an autumn booster.

The risk of developing severe COVID-19 continues to be strongly associated with increasing age and underlying health conditions and therefore the focus is on those at greatest risk of serious disease. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the flu vaccination programme was expanded to those aged 50 and over to ensure more people were protected from a potential threat of co-circulation of flu and COVID-19, and to reduce pressure on the NHS.

Following the transition to living with COVID-19 with a firmly established vaccination programme in place, the temporary expansion to the flu programme is no longer required and this year’s flu vaccine offer has reverted back to those aged 65 and over.

How do I book my covid and flu appointment?

If you are aged over 65 you can book an appointment online. If you have not registered for online access yet then please read the information on this page and complete the online access request form. We will also be sending invitations to eligible patients that provide additional options to book online or by telephone.

Other eligible patients will be sent invitations providing details to book your appointment online via a unique web link or by telephone. This invite will allow us to allocate the correct vaccination to your appointment so please be patient whilst waiting for the invite as we will get it to you as soon as we can.

What if I am housebound?

We will contact our household patients directly to offer an at-home vaccination. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide more specific arrival times than those provided at the time of booking.

If you are newly housebound please contact the surgery to inform us of this. We will check with your GP to see if a home vaccination is possible and contact you to advise of the outcome.

What if I cannot attend my covid and flu vaccination appointment?

If you are unable to attend your flu vaccination appointment, please cancel this via the NHS App, via our Online Services, or by telephone at 01752 346634.

What can I expect when I attend my appointment:

Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible to reduce queues.

Please do not attend with another person unless they are a carer.

Please wear appropriate clothing so that you are ready for your injection.

Please be aware that our sites will have limited parking due to the number of patients attending these clinics.