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19th July 2022

Autumn COVID-19 booster plan agreed by Government

The government has announced that it agrees with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) autumn booster programme.

All people aged 50 and over will be eligible for autumn COVID booster and the flu vaccine, government has announced.

Who will be offered an autumn COVID-19 booster first?

The programme allows the following groups to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine:

Vaccinations should be completed by early December 2022.

Government announces flu vaccine eligibility

In addition, more people will be eligible for a free flu vaccine this year in England only. Those already eligible include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Frontline staff employed by the following types of social care providers without employer led occupational health schemes:
    • A registered residential care or nursing home
    • Registered domiciliary care provider
    • Direct payment (personal budgets) or personal health budgets, such as personal assistants

The additional groups set to be offered the free flu vaccine in England will be:

  • All adults aged 50 to 64 years
  • Secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9, who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first)

The NHS will announce when and how eligible groups will be able to book an appointment for their COVID-19 autumn booster, and when people aged 50 to 64 years old who are not in a clinical risk group will be able to get their free flu jab.

 Further Information

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updated statement on the COVID-19 vaccination programme for autumn 2022

QCS – Autumn COVID-19 boosters coming soon

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