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07.10.2021

Boost Your Immunity This Winter

Viruses spread more easily during the winter when people spend more time together indoors. Both flu and Covid-19 can be life threatening, but you can protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu jab, a Covid-19 vaccination and/or a booster if offered.

The vaccinations will boost your natural immunity and are the most effective way to protect people from these viruses. They are also completely free of charge.

Those who are eligible will be contacted by letter or text to let them know which vaccines are available to them.

Who is eligible to receive the free flu vaccine:

  • People aged 50 and over
  • People with long term health conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Parents of 2-16-year olds
  • Carers
  • Frontline health and social care workers.

More information on the Flu Vaccine can be found here.

Who is eligible to receive the Covid-19 booster vaccine:

  • People aged 50 and over
  • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid-19.

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.

Who is eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine:

  • Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccination.

Third dose vaccines for the immunosuppressed

People who are immunosuppressed and at particular risk from the Covid virus, are eligible for a third dose of the Covid vaccine. For this group of people, this is not considered the same as a booster.

If you belong to this group of people, please wait to be contacted by your GP to have your third dose of the vaccine. This will be 8 weeks after having your second dose or as soon as possible if you had your second dose longer than 8 weeks ago. You will then be invited for a further booster dose, 6 months after your 3rd dose.

For more information on how to get your Covid-19 vaccine, go to our dedicated webpage: https://healthwatchhf.co.uk/information-on-coronavirus/.