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The high level of vaccine protection has allowed the country to live with COVID-19 without stringent restrictions on society, the economy, and people’s day-to-day lives. Going further on vaccination will help ensure this remains the case.
The Government has three priorities for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in England for the autumn and winter:
a. Maximising uptake of the vaccine among those that are eligible but have not yet taken up the offer.
b. Offering booster doses to individuals who received vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1-9).
c. Offering a first dose of vaccine to 12-15 year olds.
The Covid-19 vaccines are safe, effective and studies have repeatedly shown they have saved over 100,000 lives in the UK in under a year since the first dose went into Margaret Keenan's arm in December 2020.
Please do take up the opportunity of getting vaccinated if you have not already. More information can be found on the NHS website by visiting: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines - NHS (www.nhs.uk).
Flu is a respiratory virus which circulates annually as more people gather in doors as winter closes in. The flu vaccine is an effective way to prevent the most vulnerable community.
From September 2021, providers will offer the flu vaccine to over 35 million people during the upcoming winter season, including all secondary school students up to year 11 for the first time. This builds on the success of last year’s expanded flu programme, which saw a record number of people get their jab.
Last year, 4 in 5 (80.9%) people aged 65 and over in England received their flu vaccine – exceeding the World Health Organization uptake ambition of 75%.
Working with the NHS, the government is preparing to deliver the expanded flu programme alongside any booster programme for COVID-19 vaccines as part of wider autumn and winter planning, which centres around protecting as many lives as possible.
During the 2021 to 2022 season, which starts in September, the flu jab will be available to:
all children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2021
all children in primary school and all children in school years 7 to 11 in secondary school
those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
those aged 50 years and over
close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
frontline health and adult social care staff
To find out more information about how you arrange a flu vaccine. Please visit the NHS website: Flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk).