Flu vaccine 2021/22

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

This page is about our flu vaccine campaign for 2021/22.

 

Who is eligible?

Those eligible for NHS influenza vaccination in 2021 to 2022 are:

  • all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
  • those aged 6 months to under 50 years with certain medical conditions
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 50 years and over
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline health and social care staff 

Find out more on who can have the flu vaccine on the NHS.UK website.

If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccine, you can book a private vaccine through a community pharmacy. GP at Hand does not offer private flu vaccines. 

 

Where can you get the vaccine from?

Flu clinics will be available in most of our London clinics where we offer the flu vaccine free of charge to eligible patients. These clinics will run from 27 September 2021. If you do not wish to travel to one of our clinics or are currently not in London, please remember that many local pharmacies are also offering the flu vaccine free of charge to eligible patients.

 

How to book

If you are eligible, you will receive a text message asking whether you want the flu vaccine with us. Once you respond to say you do want the vaccine, you will be sent an appointment invitation via the Babylon app to book. 

We will be inviting children, those with underlying medical conditions and other vulnerable groups first. Once these groups have been invited, we will be sending out the rest of our invites in line with our vaccine delivery schedule.  

If you would prefer to have the vaccination earlier than our earliest available appointment, you may be able to receive it from your local pharmacy. See which pharmacies are offering flu vaccinations near you here.

Please note that we are not taking bookings via telephone for the flu vaccine at this present time.

 

How will children receive the flu vaccination?

All school aged children will be offered the flu vaccination at school. 

Children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2021 will be invited for their flu vaccination by us to have the vaccine at one of our clinics. Your child would have been born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019.

 

Can the flu jab be given at the same time as the COVID booster (if you are eligible)?

Whilst the final details of the booster campaign are still outstanding, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have already advised that interference between the two vaccines is likely to be limited and there is no evidence of any safety concerns. At the moment we are planning to offer the COVID booster to eligible patients separately from the flu vaccination, so if you are eligible for both, it is really important to watch out for both invites and to make sure you attend both appointments. 

 

More information on the flu vaccine

Visit the NHS.UK Flu vaccine webpage.

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