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Influenza And Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 32969, tabled on 8 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for the rollout of (a) winter flu and (b) covid booster vaccinations.

Answered on

27 July 2022

On 15 July 2022, the Government provided an update on the COVID-19 autumn booster programme and flu vaccination programme. This included the expansion of the eligibility criteria for flu vaccinations to be offered to all adults aged 50 years old and over and secondary school children in Years 7, 8, and 9 in England. These additional groups will be eligible once the most vulnerable, including previously announced pre-school and primary school children, those aged 65 years old and over and those in clinical risk groups have been offered the vaccination.

The Government has accepted the JCVI’s advice to offer an autumn booster vaccination to increase immunity in those at higher risk from COVID-19 and protect against severe illness, hospitalisation and death in winter 2022/23. The booster dose will be offered to residents and staff in a care home for older adults; all adults aged 50 years old and over; those aged five to 49 years old in a clinical risk group or who are household contacts of someone with immunosuppression; frontline health and social care workers; and carers aged 16 years old and over.

Further information on the delivery of the programme, including details on the invitations for patient cohorts, will be available in due course.