Updated information from the ME Association (MEA).
Free New Winter Vaccines Leaflet: Flu, Pneumonia, and Covid-19 Booster
October 22, 2021
Dr Shepherd reviews the Winter 2021/22 Flu, Pneumonia, and Covid-19 booster vaccines in detail, and answers questions, such as if the Flu and Covid-19 booster are free for people with ME/CFS and the pros and cons of having them.
Winter vaccinations: Flu, Pneumonia, & Covid-19 Booster
Introduction - Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser, ME Association:
To link in with the launch of the NHS flu vaccination campaign this year I have updated our flu and pneumococcal vaccine leaflet. I have included some information about COVID-19 boosters as well.
- This new free leaflet can be download here or included with any purchases made via the website shop.
At the same time, flu viruses and COVID-19 virus are going to be circulating in combination – which makes the chances of serious illness far more likely, especially in the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.
COVID-19 is not going to go away in the foreseeable future and it looks as though high case numbers may well persist into early 2022 before hopefully starting to decline.
Questions answered in this leaflet include:
- Are people with ME/CFS entitled to have a free NHS flu vaccine if they choose to do so?
- Is it safe to have a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 booster vaccine together?
- Will people with ME/CFS be automatically offered a COVID-19 booster jab?
- Should I have a COVID-19 booster if I had a bad reaction to the first or second dose?
- Can I get a COVID-19 booster at home if I cannot get to the surgery or vaccination hub?
Consequently, some experts are predicting that the number of deaths from flu this winter could even reach 60,000. So, the aim of this year’s campaign is to vaccinate around 40 million people. In addition to all the usual groups, anyone over the age of 50 can now have a free NHS flu jab and children up to the age of 16 will also be offered one.
All the key points relating to the 2021/2022 flu vaccine and eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 boosters are covered in the Questions and Answers section. More detailed information on flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine, can be found in the second part of this information leaflet.
Earlier this week, Covid Booster news from the Independent -
Covid-19: Jonathan Van-Tam defends speed of booster rollout but warns of potentially ‘problematic’ Christmas
November 3, 2021 9:43 am(Updated 2:45 pm)
England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, has defended the Government’s Covid booster programme after i analysis found the scheme is running so late it may not be completed until February.
He said the booster scheme is picking up “considerable momentum” and suggested limited NHS capacity is preventing a more rapid roll-out of the third doses.
Professor Van-Tan continued to praise England’s roll-out of the scheme and noted the pace of vaccinations had increased in recent weeks. “Yes of course everyone wants to go faster but we are picking up really quite considerable momentum and it’s really important when you get your call please come forward and get your booster.”
He said the Government will be making it easier for people to book their booster dose by giving patients a few weeks notice to book their slots, enabling them to get the third jab as soon as possible.
Covid Booster announcement from the BBC-
Covid: Booster jabs to open earlier for booking in England
People living in England will be able to book their coronavirus booster jabs a month in advance under government plans to speed up their rollout.
Currently, people cannot book their top-up vaccines until six months have elapsed since their second dose. But from Monday, those aged 50 and over, plus those most at risk, will be able to book after five months.
It means they could receive their booster on the day they reach the six-month milestone.
NHS England is introducing the change to accelerate the rate of take-up of booster jabs, to help prolong protection against the virus.
Being able to book ahead will save receiving text invitations after the appointment time.
This text was received during the evening of 20 October, and the appointment was anytime from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm on 20 October !! -
Where can you get the flu jab in Worcestershire?
Flu vaccination will be provided by your GP via flu clinics held in your practice or your local pharmacy. Please download the list of pharmacies in Worcestershire who are providing flu vaccinations.
For Worcester City Residents
If you’re eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS, your GP practice will invite you to attend our pop-up vaccination centre at Worcester Racecourse.
Worcester City Primary Care Network (PCN) -
Tried and tested flu protection from your local GP. Get your free NHS flu jab at Worcester Racecourse this winter.
Worcester City PCN covers -
• Albany House Surgery; • Haresfield Surgery; • Barbourne Health Centre;
• Severn Valley Medical Practice - Henwick Halt Health Centre;
• Elbury Moor Medical Centre; • Severn Valley Medical Practice - Lyppard
• Grange Health Centre; • Farrier House Surgery; • Spring Gardens Group Practice; • St Johns House Medical Centre; • St Martin’s Gate Surgery;
• Thorneloe Lodge Surgery
Current flu jab information from the Worcester City PCN website (6 November)
If you’ve been invited to get your flu jab at our centre, you do not need to book an appointment - simply walk in during our opening times.
Vaccination Centre Opening Hours
Our centre at Worcester Racecourse is currently open
from 9am-5pm (Lunch break from 12pm-12:30pm) Mon-Wed,
12pm-8pm (Lunch break from 4pm-4:30pm) Thurs, and
9am-5pm (Lunch break from 12pm-12:30pm) Friday.
Please check back here before your visit - as any changes to opening hours or planned closures will be posted below.
Scheduled Closures - Friday 12th November - Closed all day.
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