Health bosses have reassured Bedfordians that everyone eligible for a free seasonal flu vaccine will be able to receive their jab, despite concerns that supplies were limited.
Dr Sarah Whiteman, Medical Director, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups said, “I would like to reassure patients that there is enough flu vaccine for everyone who is in one of the eligible groups.
“If you are eligible and haven’t been able to get your vaccination yet your GP practice will be in touch with you, or you can ask at your local pharmacy.
“If you are invited for a flu vaccination it is important that you attend as flu can be a serious illness for those with underlying health conditions.”
Flu vaccines are delivered in batches before and during the flu season and are provided first to those who are considered most at risk of the complications of flu, including carers and everyone over 65.
Those eligible for a free flu vaccine will be contacted by their GP surgery and invited to attend for a vaccination, with people being invited in order of priority as some eligible groups are more at risk than others.
You are entitled to a free flu vaccine if:
· aged 65 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
· have certain health conditions such as Diabetes, Heart Problems, Liver Disease and Kidney Disease
· are pregnant
· are in a long-stay residential care
· receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
· live with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
· frontline health or social care workers