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Whether you've already had your jabs this year or know you won't be getting them please let us know.

With winter illness season around the corner, our Vaccine Campaign has kicked off and we're urging all staff and volunteers to protect themselves so we can all protect our patients, our families and each other.

Save the date! We have secured a number of flu and Covid vaccination clinics at Trinity Hospice in our library:

  • 16th October – 7.30am-10am
  • 23rd October – 1pm-3pm
  • 13th November – 9.30am-12noon
  • 22nd November – 1pm-3pm
  • 7th December – 1pm-3pm
  • 14th December – 9.30am-12noon (in the Boardroom)

All colleagues, whether they work in clinical or non-clinical areas, are strongly encouraged to get their flu and Covid vaccines this winter to help us to protect ourselves and those we come into contact with from serious illness.

You can get your vaccines outside of the hospice too

If you are unable to attend any of our vaccine clinics, you can visit the Fylde Coast Vaccines Bus, while will be parking up at locations across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre on a number of occasions during October.

The van, which is provided by FCMS on behalf of NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board. Click here for days and locations.

In line with guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations (JCVI), those who attend the van for a vaccine will receive both the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine.

Sessions will be also be available at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and this year, in recognition of the important work and the contacts we make in hospices, all hospice staff are also able to access a seasonal flu vaccine at any pharmacy. Click here for a letter to take to your local pharmacy. Copies are available from Main Reception.

It is incredibly important that all hospice staff and volunteers are vaccinated this winter, especially anyone who is over the age of 65 or anyone who is pregnant.

Worried about getting both flu and Covid vaccines?

We know vaccinations can make some people anxious - particularly when it comes to receiving more than one. That's why we've put together some FAQs around having both vaccines, which you can have together or separately to suit you.

Is it safe to get a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time?

Studies conducted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic indicate that it is safe to get both a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same visit.

People who get a flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster vaccine at the same time may be slightly more likely to have common reactions including fatigue, headache, and muscle ache than people who only got a COVID-19 vaccine but these reactions are mostly mild and go away quickly.

Remember babies and children routinely have multiple vaccinations as part of childhood vaccinations at one visit, with little or mild side effects. Our immune systems are able to cope with multiple vaccinations.

Getting both vaccines at the same time if you wish is possible at the Trinity vaccination sessions.  Some people might prefer to get their vaccines at one time as this might be more convenient than having two separate visits.

For flu and COVID-19 vaccines, you can either get both vaccines in the same arm (at least an inch apart), or you can get them in different arms. Either is okay; however, you may wish to receive vaccines in different arms to reduce side effects like pain and tenderness in one arm.

No. If you would prefer, you could get one vaccine at one clinic session, and the other at another clinic session. We are lucky to have a number of sessions taking place at the hospice so you are able to split your vaccines if you wish.

No, there’s no recommended waiting time between getting a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine.

More information about this year’s Vaccine Campaign will be available in the Staff Bulletin, on the Staff Facebook Page and in staff areas soon.