Covid & Flu vaccination

Autumn/Winter Covid & Flu Vaccination Programme 2023

We have now completed all our main vaccination clinics, with local providers also scaling down. 

The NHS online booking system, NHS App and 119 phone service closed for flu and COVID-19 vaccine bookings on Friday 15th December 2023.

GP practices will continue offering flu jabs in the new year, subject to availability. If you still wish to have one, please get in touch.

Some pharmacies are still offering Covid vaccinations. To find out where your nearest pharmacy is that can offer a Covid vaccination click HERE. You will need your postcode. 

For vaccination enquiries from people living in Devon, the Devon vaccination support team can be contacted direct on: 

d-icb.devonvaccinationsupport@nhs.net 

or call 01752 398836 (Monday-Friday).

 

If we hear of any local pop-up clinics, we will post them here and on our Facebook page.

 

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COVID BOOSTER VACCINATION - am I eligible?

The following groups of people are eligible for a Covid booster during autumn/winter 2023 are:

  • residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all adults aged 65 years and over
  • people aged 5 to 64 years in a clinical risk group
  • people aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • people aged 16 to 64 years who are carers

As we have not been commissioned to provide Covid vaccinations to young people who are aged 5 to 17, other local clinics, or schools will be offering these. We will post clinics on our website and Facebook page when we are notified.

For more information about the autumn/winter Covid booster vaccination click HERE.

FLU VACCINATION - am I eligible?

There are two types of flu vaccs being used again this year: one for those aged 65 and above and another for those under 65. Those who qualify for a FREE jab are:

  • people aged 65 and over 
  • people who have certain health conditions 
  • women who are pregnant
  • people who are in long-stay residential care
  • those in receipt of carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • people who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers

 For more NHS information about the flu vaccination click HERE.

NEED A LITTLE HELP?

If you have queries about your Covid vaccinations please use the Devon Vaccination Support Team on 01752 398 836.

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PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA

Please be aware that although anyone with a diagnosis of asthma is entitled to a free flu jab, patients under 65 with asthma are not automatically eligible for a Covid vaccination unless they have had two courses of oral steroids (e.g. prednisolone) in the last two years. We will need to check this before booking.
 
 

SIDE-EFFECTS

Information about the Flu vaccine and possible side-effects can be found by clicking HERE

Information about the Covid vaccines and possible side-effects can be found by clicking HERE

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GAPS BETWEEN VACCS

For all Covid vaccinations the gaps between boosters should be:

  • Those aged 12 and above, who are immunocompromised, must have a gap of 3 months since their last dose.
  • Those aged 65 and above must have a gap of 3 months since their last booster/dose. 

 

WHY BOTHER?

It is understandable to feel vaccination fatigue, but the autumn/winter vaccinations continue to be really important because:                                                                                                                           

  • if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
  • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses
  • both flu and Covid are miserable illnesses; vaccination offers the best protection against the symptoms

 

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Errors with your vaccinations

Vaccinations given here

If there is an error with your vaccine records and it was given by us, please call 01409 253692 and tell us about this issue. We will try to amend the error the same day, which updates on the national system within 24 hours. 

Vaccinations given elsewhere

We are unable to change vaccine records completed elsewhere. If you have an issue with a record that was given at a different site, please contact that site to have any errors amended. If you are unable to contact the site who gave you the vaccine, please call 119 and ask for a VDRS referral. Someone from that team will then call you back and help you woth the query or correction. Once a record has been amended, it will take 24 hours to update on the national system. 

Vaccines given in other parts of the UK should now appear in the English NHS System. 

VACCINATIONS GIVEN ABROAD

If you received any of your COVID-19 vaccinations overseas, you can now book an appointment with a local vaccination centre to get your vaccination records updated. Check the criteria and book an appointment HERE 

NHS Covid Pass

The NHS Covid Pass can be found on your NHS App. If you have vaccination records, record your Covid tests, you can receive a Covid Pass. This is used when travelling. The NHS Covid Pass is seperate to our clinical system, so if there is a technical issue we are unable to help. Please dial 119 if there is an issue with your Covid Pass. 

For those who had their vaccinations abroad we are unable to link your vaccine to the Covid Pass. We are able to put vaccines given abroad onto your medical record, however. This will not be picked up until there is a national update. We have also been told there is work being completed to form a national team to deal with any queries regarding this, but we have no further information on this yet. 

If you need a paper vaccination record, please call 119. We are unable to supply any form of Covid Pass. 

To find out how to apply for a Covid Pass if you are unable to be vaccinated press HERE

Entry Requirements Travelling Abroad

To find out all entry requirements, vaccinations (including Covid vaccinations), visas etc. when visiting countries overseas please click HERE

Travel Options & Testing

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COVID TESTING, NHS App

For full information about testing for coronavirus go to the NHS website

To download the NHS App (which includes full access to your record, NHS services and Covid Pass) please click HERE

The NHS Covid 19 App run by Test and Trace closed on April 27th 2023.

OPTING OUT

OPTING OUT

If you do not wish to be called for a Covid Vaccination you can choose to opt out by clicking HERE. This preference can be changed at any time. If patients do not wish to take up the offer of other vaccinations (including flu vaccinations), please contact your practice directly, so this can be formalised.