We may be on the cusp of the school summer holidays, but planning is well underway for the autumn both in terms of the booster COVID-19 vaccine and the annual flu vaccination programme for our patients. We purchase flu vaccinations many months in advance and have all of our flu vaccinations arriving for our patients in early September.
The expanded flu vaccination programme will continue this year as part of the wider winter planning when we are likely to see both influenza and COVID-19 in circulation. This means that as well as the usual eligible flu groups, all 50-64 year olds will again be offered flu vaccination. This is alongside a booster COVID vaccination.
Currently the only site locally that we can deliver the COVID vaccination from is the Riviera International Conference Centre (RICC) in Torquay and that is unlikely to change due to the conditions the COVID vaccination needs to be stored and administered under, such as accommodating a 15 minute wait period for patients post vaccine. It is looking like we will be able to administer both the COVID booster and the Flu vaccination at the same time at that one appointment for you. Along with all the GP practices in Torbay, we are working on plans setting up clinics ready for patients to book into from September and will provide further details as soon they are available. By working together and utilising the site at RICC in Torquay we are able to vaccinate around 1,500 patients per day, ensuring that we get through all the cohorts for the boosters and flu as quickly as possible. We just wanted to take this time to reassure you that we’ve got you covered this winter.
Have a safe summer,