Covid Vac & Flu information

 

  Covid booster vacs & spring booster 
 
 

If you are eligible for the booster vaccine or you still have not had your 1st or 2nd vaccination, appointments are avaible at Newgate. Please call the surgery to book in.

Spring boosters are now available at Newgate! People aged 75 and over, and people aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed, are now eligible for a Spring booster vaccine.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-spring-booster-resources/a-guide-to-the-spring-booster-for-those-aged-75-years-and-older-residents-in-care-homes

From 1st April 2022 children aged 5-11years will be invited for their first vaccination. You will receive a text message to book an appointment. 

Flu vaccination clinics

Flu vaccines are readily available to anyone that would like have the vaccination. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment with a helath care professional.

Nasal Flu clinics are also available for children aged 2-3 years if you like to make an appointment, please call the surgery. 

 

Starting 01/04/22 children aged 5-11 years will be invited for the covid vaccination. Parents/Guardians will receive a text message to book an appointment at one of the clinics here at Newgate.

5-11 YEARS MUST WAIT 12 WEEKS FROM A POSITIVE RESULT BEFORE HAVING ANY VACCINE.
Who is being offered a spring booster?
COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.
Although vaccines are expected to provide good protection against severe COVID-19 disease, protection against mild infection with the Omicron variant seems to decline quickly, even after the booster dose.
This spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago. If the number of infections increases over the summer, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.
Timing of the spring booster
You should be offered an appointment around 6 months (and not before 3 months) since your last dose of vaccine.
Which vaccine will you be offered?
You will be given a booster dose Pfizer vaccine boost this has already been given to millions of people in the UK.
You will be offered the Pfizer vaccine, which may be the same or different from the vaccines that you had before.
Who cannot take up the offer of a spring booster
There are very few people who should not have this booster.
If you have had a severe reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine you should discuss this with your doctor.
Side effects
Common side effects
As with your previous dose, the common side effects are the same for all COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK and include:
  • having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection – this tends to be worst around 1 to 2 days after the vaccine
  • feeling tired
  • headache
  • general aches or mild flu-like symptoms
You can rest and take paracetamol (follow the dose advice in the packaging) to help you feel better.
Although a fever can occur within a day or two of vaccination, if you have any other COVID-19 symptoms or your fever lasts longer, stay at home and you may need to have a test.
Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week. If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, you can call NHS 111 or for textphone use 18001 111. You can also report suspected side effects of vaccines and medicines through the Yellow Card scheme.
Serious side effects
Worldwide cases of inflammation of the heart (called myocarditis or pericarditis) have been reported very rarely after the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
These cases have been seen mostly in younger men and within several days of vaccination. Most of these people recovered and felt better following rest and simple treatments.
You should seek medical advice urgently if, after vaccination, you experience:
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart
If you had serious side effects after any previous dose you may be advised to avoid or delay further vaccination. You should discuss this with your doctor or specialist.
Can you still catch COVID-19 after having the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19. It may take a few days for your body to build up some protection from the booster.
Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective – some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.
If you have not had all your vaccinations
If you have not yet had either of your first 2 doses of the vaccine or third dose (for those with weakened immune system) you should have them as soon as possible.
If you missed your first booster you should have this spring booster as soon as possible.
You may need another booster as well as your usual flu injection in the autumn.
If you have a COVID-19 positive result, when can you have a spring booster?
If you are unwell, wait until you have recovered to have your vaccine. If you have had confirmed COVID-19 you should ideally wait 4 weeks before having your spring booster. You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are self-isolating or waiting for a COVID-19 test.