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Flu vaccine and COVID-19 winter booster 2023/24

How do I get vaccinated?

Our Covid-19 Winter Booster vaccination programme is now underway. Getting boosted is the best way to protect yourselves, your loved ones and the community from serious illness, so please attend your appointment when invited. 

The vaccination will be delivered in GP practices, community pharmacies and our three Mass Vaccination Centres (MVC), and those eligible will receive an invite in the post. There is no need to contact the Health Board or your GP practice directly. 

If you are also eligible for the flu vaccine, GPs, community pharmacies and MVCs may be able to offer the Covid and Flu vaccination at the same time if stock is available. Health Board staff are initially being invited via drop-in clinics. 

Winter booster vaccinations are only available by appointment. There will be no walk ins available for your winter booster at this moment in time. 

Can I reschedule my appointment? 

If you need to reschedule or cancel your COVID-19 vaccination, please complete this form, or call the booking centre on 02921 841234. Our phone lines are open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please note our phone lines are very busy, so it may be quicker to complete the form.

If you think you have been missed, the Health Board will run a leave no one behind programme to make sure everyone eligible is offered an Winter Booster. More details will be shared as we reach the end of a cohort to manage demand.

Who is eligible for a vaccine? 

People who will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine this Autumn and Winter include:    

  • All adults aged 65 and over   

  • Residents and staff in care homes for older adults   

  • People aged six months to 64 years old in a clinical risk group as laid out in the Immunisation Green Book   

  • Frontline health and social care workers   

  • People aged 12 to 64 years old who are household contacts (as defined in the Green Book) of people with immunosuppression   

  • People aged 16 to 64 who are carers (as defined in the Green Book)   

  • Homeless people  

People who will be eligible for the flu vaccine include:   

  • Children aged two and three years on August 31, 2023    

  • Children in primary school from reception class to year 6 (inclusive)    

  • Children in secondary school from year 7 to year 11 (inclusive)    

  • People aged six months to 64 years in clinical risk groups   

  • People aged 65 years and older (age on March 31, 2024)   

  • All adult residents in Welsh prisons residents    

  • Pregnant women   

  • Carers   

  • People with a learning disability    

  • Staff in nursing homes and care homes with regular client contact    

  • Staff providing domiciliary care   

  • Staff providing frontline NHS/Primary care services   

  • Healthcare workers (including healthcare students) with direct patient contact  

  • Homeless people.  

Flu vaccine for children 

The yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children from the age of two (age on 31 August, 2023) up to and including school year 11. Children aged 2-3 (as at 31 August, 2023) can get their vaccine from their local GP practice. Please check arrangements with your GP practice. Most primary and secondary school children will get their vaccine at school. 

Children will be routinely given the nasal spray form of the flu vaccine as it is said to offer the best protection. However, they can be offered a flu vaccine injection if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them. Injected flu vaccines are also safe and effective.   

The Covid and flu vaccines will be administered at the same time wherever possible, and appointment letters will start arriving at homes in September. While most people in the Vale of Glamorgan will attend Barry MVC, in Cardiff there will be new MVCs at the Wellbeing Hub in Maelfa, Llanederyn and Rookwood Hospital in Llandaff. More details on these can be found here.   

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