A message from DayLewis Pharmacy - Niton

Flu vaccinations

We are still able to continue supporting the NHS and provide private under-65s flu vaccination service. We still have sufficient stock available of the quadrivalent vaccine, which the NHS recommends for people under aged 65. Bookings for these customers still remain open. This year, it's free in England to:

  • people who were required to shield from coronavirus and anyone they live with

  • people with some medical conditions including diabetes, heart failure and asthma

  • pregnant women

  • pre-school children over the age of two

  • all primary school children, as last year, and, for the first time, Year 7 pupils

  • initially, all people over 65, before the programme is extended to the over-50s (awaiting an announcement from the gov't)

  • healthcare and social care staff

  • people living in a residential or nursing home

  • people who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person

However due to such an unexpected high demand for the flu jab this year for over 65s customers, there are no stocks available. Therefore, we have stopped taking flu jab bookings for over 65 until the foreseeable future. No dates have been provided as to when to expect new delivery of stock. I urge all customers over the age of 65 to wait and be reassured that we will update you as soon as we get any new updates. In the meantime, please adopt social distancing, face masks and regular hand washing which helps slow the spread of flu virus. Let's uphold our current mantra this season of ~handfacespace ( which means 'Wash your hands, cover your face & make space'). 

Additionally, kindly encourage anyone and everyone under 65 to get the flu jab to indirectly protect you and themselves creating herd immunity. Herd immunity is where a large portion of the community (the herd)  are immune minimizing the spread of flu. As a result, the whole community becomes protected — not just those who are immune.

Most people with the flu recover at home in a week so stay home and self-isolate but people with long term conditions or over 65 should call NHS 111. Having flu and Covid-19 together largely increases your risk of complications. The last thing you want is having the flu. People should book the coronavirus test if they exhibit any of the following symptoms: high fever, a new continuous cough and a loss or change of smell or taste.

You can reach us via tel: 730240 or email: niton@daylewisplc.co.uk for any further enquiries. Many thanks,

Susan Odebiyi

Pharmacist manager

DayLewis Pharmacy.