Why it is important to have a vaccine
People in social care settings have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been due to a combination of; a heightened risk of severe outcomes following COVID-19 infection and the risk of outbreaks in closed settings. The introduction of the vaccine has made a crucial difference in saving lives.
Although the government has seen a strong take-up of vaccination among care home residents, there are some who cannot be vaccinated and some for whom, the vaccine is less effective. A number of residents will therefore continue to be at greater risk of the consequences of COVID-19. This winter, a potential combination of COVID-19 and flu would be life threatening for those among supported living residents who are at high risk due to their age, underlying health conditions, or a disability.
More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill.
By having the flu vaccination, you will help protect yourself and others from what can be a severe, and sometimes fatal, illness which could lead to hospital treatment. You will also be helping to protect the NHS from coming under pressure this winter.
Vaccination against COVID-19 and the flu is the best way that you can keep yourself and the people you support safe.
- The vaccine will make you better protected from severe illness and death as a result of COVID-19.
- There is no guarantee that the vaccine will prevent you from passing on a COVID-19 infection, but evidence suggests that the vaccine makes the spread of infection much less likely.
- The approved Covid-19 vaccines are suitable for people of all faiths. They don’t contain any components of animal origin or foetal cells.
- Check your local health board for COVID-19 vaccination arrangements in your area and to find out where and when walk-in vaccination centres are open.
- Flu vaccination is one of the best ways to protect against catching and spreading flu.
- You can have the flu vaccine at the same time as other vaccines including the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Flu viruses are constantly changing and every year flu vaccines are changed to match the flu viruses likely to be circulating.
- Ideally you should have your flu vaccine before flu starts to circulate, which is usually not before mid-December.