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  • Writer's pictureHealthwatch West Berkshire

Flu and COVID autumn vaccine programmes brought forward

The Autumn flu and Covid -19 vaccination programmes are starting earlier this year in England as a precautionary measure following the identification of a new Covid-19 variant.

This means that those most at risk from winter illness, including people in care homes, the clinically vulnerable, those aged 65 and over, carers and health and social care staff will be able to access the vaccine in September.

The annual Flu vaccine will also be given at the same time to maximise protection ahead of winter.

The vaccination programme is set to start on the 11th September 2023, with those in adult care homes receiving the first vaccinations.

NHS England will announce full details of the accelerated roll-out soon. Invitation letters will be sent out, and recipients encouraged to take up the jab as soon as they are invited.

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