Flu Vaccinations and Covid Vaccinations 2022 -UPDATED 4 November 2022

This year we are planning to offer both flu and covid vaccinations. 

We will be offering flu vaccinations on the following dates and will update patients on this website if we are also able to offer covid vaccinations at the same time.

Please note that we are offering early evening appointments for those who have work commitments or need a lift from working family members or carers.

Flu and Covid Vaccination Clinic Dates and Times

We currently have stocks of the autumn booster covid vaccination (Pfizer) and will offer these alongside flu vaccinations.

28 October: Adults 65 years and under, 18 to 64 years in at risk groups and Adults 50 to 64 years not in at risk groups – currently available to book

3rd November: Adults 65 years and under, 18 to 64 years in at risk groups and Adults 50 to 64 years not in at risk groups – currently available to book

8th November: Adults 65 years and under, 18 to 64 years in at risk groups and Adults 50 to 64 years not in at risk groups – currently available to book

10th November: – Children aged 2 to 3 years on 31 August 2022 or children aged 6 months to 17 years in an at risk health groups.

29th November: – MOP UP CLINIC for flu vaccinations for Children under 18 years, adults 18 to 50 in at risk groups or aged 50 and over on 31 March 2023.  Autumn Booster covid vaccinations will be offered to eligible adults.  CURRENTLY OPEN FOR BOOKINGS – MORE APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN ADDED DUE TO DEMAND

Who is eligible?

This year the flu vaccine is being offered in General Practice to:

  • Adults who will be age 65 years and over by 31 March 2023.
  • People with certain medical conditions including children in at-risk groups from 6 months.  For further information check on the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
  • Pregnant women
  • People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2022
  • Frontline health & social care workers
  • Carers
  • Adults 50 years and over on 31 March 2023 (PLEASE NOTE: This group of patients will become eligible for a flu vaccination after 15 October 2022 if none of the previous reasons listed above apply.

For more information about eligibility for the flu vaccination see the nhs websites at Flu – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or Child flu vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Why should I get vaccinated?

If you are invited to attend a flu clinic it is important that you do so, the flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19, but it will help protect you against a serious and sometimes fatal condition. This is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu. When invited please take up your jab to protect yourself and others.

How will clinics run?

As a result of Covid-19 the flu clinic will run differently this year, so please:

  • attend at your appointment time only via the front door to the practice
  • wear a face covering
  • have your arm out ready or easily accessible
  • note there will be nowhere to store bags, trolleys or excess clothes, the clinic is open plan with limited privacy
  • leave promptly
  • avoid touching any surfaces wherever possible
  • do not attend if you or any member of your household that you live with has covid.

Aged 50-64?

If you’re aged 50 to 64 we will be offering a flu vaccination again this year – see the eligibility list above for details.

How to book 

Text or email messages links:  The practice will be sending out text or email invites to patients who are eligible.  These messages will contain a link to allow you to book straight into an appointment.  This link will stay active for 7 days.  PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR DOB NEEDS TO BE ENTERED USING THE CALENDAR OR IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT USING YOUR OWN DATE OF BIRTH: 01/01/1966

Online Appointments – Appointments will be made available online for patients to book into directly.  Patients with SystmOne Online accounts (often used to order medication) or the NHS App should be able to book via this method

Telephone – patients can call directly on 01525 723762.  This number is available after 10.00 am until 6 pm Monday to Fridays.  Please do not call before 10.00 am or between 1 to 2 pm as staff will be working on other duties.

If you call this number for another reason then you may be redirected to the main switchboard number.  This line is prioritised for taking flu vaccination bookings ONLY.

Website – if you wish to request a flu vaccination then please use the form Ask a Clinician a Question | Flitwick Surgery on our website.