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Autumn/Winter Covid and Flu Vaccination Programme
Created: 06/09/2022, Updated: 07/09/2022
Appointment letters are currently arriving for older people who require a winter COVID booster, in line with the guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI).
The COVID booster jabs will be given at the same time as the flu vaccine to those eligible where possible – evidence shows that administration of both vaccines together is a safe and efficient way to deliver maximum protection over the winter months.
A new vaccination venue will open within Lochgelly Health Centre over four weekends of the programme where drop-in vaccination will be offered to citizens eligible aged 65 and over with no appointment necessary. Patients in Lochgelly and the surrounding area who already have appointments in Kirkcaldy or Dunfermline clinics are also being written to and advised that they can attend the drop-in clinic at Lochgelly instead should they wish to.
Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible for the winter booster jab, with the online portal open now to book vaccination appointments. Appointments for all other priority groups will be made available as the programme progresses – people in those groups should wait until they are contacted or called forward.
Vaccination - Carers
Carers 16+ are eligible for both Covid and flu vaccination this winter. The majority will be called for vaccination later in the programme, as part of the ‘at risk’ group. At this point appointments can be booked via the portal, or the helpline for those who don’t have digital access. The only exception is that the over 65s will shortly be sent letters with timed appointments. In those letters, it will say that unpaid carers are eligible for vaccination and give instructions on how they can book. If someone they care for gets a letter, the carer can book their appointment from that time.
More information on winter vaccination is available here.