There has been a lot in the news about the importance of having the Flu vaccine this winter. A reminder that anyone who is eligible for a free Flu vaccine will be invited by their GP to book an appointment but should wait until they are contacted before getting in touch.
Find out who is eligible for a free Flu vaccine here.
The COVID booster programme is also underway. Evidence suggests that over time the body’s ability to mount a response will slightly dimmish. This particularly affects the elderly and most vulnerable – which is why it's important to vaccinate everybody over the age of 50, and those younger than 50 who are either in immunocompromised households or themselves are vulnerable. Everyone currently eligible for a booster dose has been invited this week by letter, text or email. As people become eligible 182 days after their second dose, these numbers will increase over coming weeks, in line with the original rollout of the programme.
Got questions about the booster vaccine? Click here for FAQs.
Walk-in clinics for the vaccine are still in operation - see the list below - and everyone over the age of 17 years and 9 months can now book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online or by calling 119.
Walk-in clinics in Barnet
NB, dates, times and locations are updated frequently so double-check the details on the website before travelling to one of these sites.
- Mango Pharmacy. 98 High Street, HA8 7HF. Daily (7 days a week) 9.15am – 12.45pm and 2.15pm – 6.15pm.
- Cullimore Chemist. 13-15 Glengall Road, HA8 8TB. Mon – Fri. 9:00am – 5:00pm. Sat & Sun .9:00am – 3:00pm.
- Gateway Chemist. 334 Regents Park Road, N3 2LN. Monday to Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm and 2.30pm – 5.30pm.
- Brand Russell Pharmacy. 280 East Barnet Road, EN4 8TD. Check the pharmacy's Facebook page for latest clinic information.
Vaccinations for 12 - 15 year olds
The programme to vaccinate healthy 16 and 17 year olds is well underway, with more than 36% having now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Following updated JCVI guidance, Healthy school-aged children aged 12 to 15 have been receiving their COVID-19 vaccination at school with alternative provisions for those who are home schooled, in secure services or specialist mental health settings. Vaccinating children is a key step to keeping our communities protected from this virus.
At the time of writing, 87.9% of schools across Barnet and its neighbouring boroughs have booked in to offer vaccinations to their pupils.