COVID boosters and flu jabs – weekly update

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In the past few weeks, over 6,000 people have been given their COVID boosters and flu jabs at our two vaccination hubs.

The six GP practices which make up the Ely PCN continue to work extremely hard booking patients in for their appointments and we WILL contact all eligible patients in due course.

Please remember there needs to be at least 182 days since you’ve had your second COVID vaccination.

If you have received a text message from us inviting you to book, we encourage you to respond to the NHS link as soon as possible as the slots are taken very quickly.

Booking a booster online – mass vaccination sites

If you have passed your 182 days and feel you cannot wait for the surgery to be in touch, you can book for a COVID booster through the NHS National Booking Service, where you will be invited to attend one of the regional vaccination sites, eg Newmarket Race Course.

Third doses

Some patients who are immunosuppressed or identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) have received or will receive a priority invitation for a third COVID vaccination. You are being offered a third dose because you are less likely to have retained antibodies from your earlier vaccines.

Please note this is not a booster dose. It is a third primary COVID vaccination. You will then be called again in six months’ time for your COVID booster.

Flu vaccinations

Here at St Mary’s, we are planning for some more flu clinics at the surgery for pregnant women and eligible children.

We are holding further mini clinics for children aged 2-3 who are eligible for their nasal flu spray. Please use AMGP or contact the reception team to book your child in.

Pregnant women can book also in for their flu vaccinations and we are sending out appointment invitations via text messages to eligible women. Please click on the link to book yourself in. The clinic will be held on Monday 1 November.

If you have not consented to receive a text messages from us, we will contact you separately. Please wait for us to be in touch.

More information about the importance of the flu vaccine during pregnancy.

Flu vaccinations for those patients who are housebound are being carried out by the community district nursing team, and patients will be contacted shortly. Please DO NOT call the surgery about this.

Check your COVID booster eligibility

Booster vaccine doses are available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who had their 2nd COVID vaccine at least 182 days ago. 

Get your winter protection - be fully protected by getting your COVID booster and flu jab
COVID boosters and flu jabs

This includes: 

  • people aged 50 and over 
  • people who live and work in care homes 
  • frontline health and social care workers 
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19 
  • pregnant women 
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis). 

Our winter vaccine programme is being managed by the GP practices which form the Ely Primary Care Network. These are St George’s Medical Centre, Burwell Surgery, Cathedral Medical Centre, St Mary’s Surgery, Staploe Medical Centre and Haddenham Surgery.