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Coronavirus and Influenza: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 27158, tabled on 5 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether covid-19 booster vaccines and flu vaccines will be delivered (a) at the same time and (b) in pharmacies.

Answered on

13 July 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published interim advice on a potential COVID-19 booster vaccination programme on 30 June, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jcvi-interim-advice-on-a-potential-coronavirus-covid-19-booster-vaccine-programme-for-winter-2021-to-2022

The JCVI recommends a two staged approach is recommended, with those in the first stage offered a booster and flu vaccine as soon as possible from September. Those in the second stage would be offered a booster vaccine as soon as practicable after stage one, with equal emphasis on deployment of the flu vaccine where eligible.

Final decisions on the timing and scope of the vaccine booster programme, as well as cohorts and eligibility, will be made later in the year, informed by further independent advice from the JCVI. This includes further data on the durability of protection from vaccines, data supplied by manufacturers and clinical trial data regarding COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine coadministration. On 1 July, NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to primary care providers, including community pharmacies, outlining the JCVI’s interim advice to allow local planning to begin.