With COVID-19 case rates at worryingly high levels and some models suggesting a very heavy flu season, it is vital that if you’re eligible, you have your flu and booster vaccines as soon as they are offered.
You can find answers to frequently asked questions about how to have both vaccines below.
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has recommended the following priority groups for flu vaccination this winter:
People in priority groups will be contacted with an invitation to recieve their flu vaccine at their GP surgery.
GP surgeries are working hard to offer flu vaccination appointments, and will continue to offer appointments to people in priority groups over the coming weeks.
GP surgeries remain very busy – please wait to be invited for your flu vaccination.
Please take up your offer of an appointment as early as possible to maximise your protection against flu this winter.
Members of NHS staff will be offered their flu vaccination at work. Carers working in a care home or for a domiciliary care agency should go to a local community pharmacy for vaccination, or follow arrangements made by their employer.
Children will be offered their flu vaccine via nasal spray at school, with vaccination clinics at primary schools across North Wales already underway. Children aged two and three will be called for appointments by their GP surgery.
Flu vaccinations are also available from most community pharmacies in North Wales.
People in priority groups can also book their flu vaccination at their local community pharmacy free of charge.
A full list of pharmacies offering flu vaccine appointments is available on the BCUHB website.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends that the following individuals should be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine, if a minimum of six months have passed since their second dose:
Please wait for an appointment invitation in the post and don’t contact your GP surgery or our COVID-19 Vaccination Contact Centre, as they will not be able to book one for you any sooner.
Once you receive an appointment, please make every effort to keep to it. Please don’t turn up at our COVID-19 Vaccination sites without an appointment as you will be turned away.
Our COVID-19 vaccination teams are currently vaccinating frontline health and social care workers and people over the age of 80. We have begun sending appointment letters to those over 70.
Please take up the offer of the flu and booster jabs as soon as they are offered. There is no need to leave a gap between each jab. The JCVI has advised that it is safe for flu and booster vaccines to be administered at the same time or at any time after - no spacing is required
It is not standard practice to give the flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines at the same time, but there may be a small number of cases where timing and logistics allow us to do this. Your booster vaccine will in most cases be given at a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre, while your flu vaccine will in most cases be given at your GP surgery. Most people will receive separate appointment letters for both jabs.
The JCVI recommends that people most vulnerable to serious infection should be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine, if a minimum of six months have passed since their second dose.
Please note that this does not mean that people should expect a booster jab appointment as soon as six months have passed since their second dose.
In line with JCVI guidance, we are inviting those eligible for a booster jab based on the same priority order as the first phase, provided at least six months have passed since their second dose.
Our teams are working flat out to get booster vaccines into people’s arms as quickly as possible.
We ask those who are eligible to please be patient and remember that there is no need to contact us to book an appointment. You will be contacted directly when it is your turn.
There are a number of ways that you can help us to help you this winter. This includes taking your flu and booster jabs as soon as they are offered, if you are eligible.
Washing our hands, reducing the number of people we meet, and wearing a face covering in indoor public places will also help to protect ourselves and our loved ones from winter viruses such as flu and other respiratory conditions.
You can find further information on the flu vaccine on the Betsi Health Board website here.
For further information on the COVID-19 vaccine booster, please click here.