A message from your GPs

We have had a lot of enquiries about our plans for delivering the autumn influenza and COVID booster vaccinations.  We wanted to let you know that we were close to finalising the arrangements for the first flu vaccination clinics when we received notification from the manufacturer that there is a delay of 1-2 weeks in the delivery of flu vaccinations.  These were due next week.  We have been informed that this delay is “due to unforeseen road freight challenges”. We have not been given a new delivery date and therefore are unable to book any appointments at this time. We are very sorry not to be able to provide any more details on this but will keep you updated as soon as we know any more.

We are also awaiting guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) regarding the COVID booster vaccination programme.  We expect to hear whether, or not, we will be able to give patients both a COVID booster and an influenza vaccination at the same time.  Either way, delivering the vaccination programmes will be a huge logistical challenge; we appreciate your patience whilst the details are worked out.

Please do not contact us in the meantime to enquire when you will receive an invite; the only guide we can provide at present is that the first group to receive the influenza vaccine will include our oldest patients and those patients who are deemed clinically vulnerable. We don’t expect this to happen until the second half of September.  The earliest date that any COVID vaccination boosters will commence is at the end of September and we do not yet know which patients will receive a booster.  At this stage, we anticipate giving all vaccinations at the Civic Centre in Poynton.

We will contact you via text message or phone call to invite you, as the clinics are likely to be confirmed at very short notice due to the challenges we are facing with the supply and delivery of the vaccines.

If you are immunocompromised and aged 12 or over you will be invited to receive a third primary COVID vaccination according to JVCI guidance published here. Again please wait to be contacted about this rather than phoning the practice or sending an enquiry via AskMyGP.

We appreciate the ongoing frustrations for everyone and are sorry we cannot provide more information. We will keep you updated via our website and social media when we know more.

Thank you for your understanding.