You will have heard that the take up for flu vaccines is higher than normal. The vaccines were ordered over a year ago in September last year. That was before COVID came on the scene and changed everything.
In a typical year, of those eligible & invited (circa 5500), only 70% will take up the offer. We order stocks to cover the expected demand. We always slightly over order and normally return a few hundred each year.
This season, the demand is much higher. So - full disclosure - we do not have enough vaccines to vaccinate everyone yet. The few hundred we have left must be reserved for the COVID shielders still to be vaccinated.
However, please be reassured that we are able to place orders for extra stocks from Monday the 19th October. The plan is to double the number of vaccines this year so the supplies are coming, you will be vaccinated eventually but you may have to wait a few more weeks. There is nothing we can do to change this situation. We are unable to get more vaccines now. Believe me, we have tried!
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
How effective is the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have. Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu.
It will not stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary. But if you do get flu after vaccination, it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.