Vaccination Update During Covid-19 Situation
We know that you will have many questions about the restrictions that have currently been placed on our provision of vaccinations during the Covid-19 shutdown. We hope that the following information provides some of the answers and reassurance you need.
Q - What about my horse's health? I thought vaccinations were essential!
A - Equine flu vaccinations are very important and in normal circumstances would be considered essential. However, we are balancing horse health against the risk to human life from transmission of Covid-19. There are no current active equine flu outbreaks in the UK. Because horses are effectively on lock-down too, they are not mingling with other horses and their risk of catching flu is significantly reduced. If you have any concerns about your horse's health we are here for you. Call 01376 513369.
Q - My horse is due for their annual flu booster vaccination in the next few weeks, what is going to happen?
A - We will not be able to provide your horse's flu booster vaccination. Your horse will therefore become overdue for vaccination and will not comply with competition rules when events return.
Q - My horse competes under rules and is due for their 6 monthly booster. What should I do?
A - Don't worry. Your horse is still protected and we will be able to give the booster as soon as the lock-down is over. So long as your booster falls within 12 months of the last vaccination you will not have to restart your horse's primary course. We are also lobbying competition organisers to temporarily relax the vaccination rules so that you can get out competing again as soon as possible.
Q - My horse has recently had the first vaccination of their primary influenza course. What is going to happen?
A - The second vaccination in a primary course needs to be given within 92 days of the first vaccination. If the Covid-19 lockdown finishes in time, we will get to you as quickly as possible to give the second vaccination. If more than 92 days pass, you will need to start the primary course again from the beginning.
Q - My horse has recently had the second vaccination of their primary course. What is going to happen?
A - The third vaccination in the course must be given 150 - 215 days (5 - 7 months) from the date of the second vaccination. If the Covid-19 lockdown finishes in time, we will get to you as quickly as possible to give the second vaccination. If more than 215 days pass, you will need to start the primary course again from the beginning.
Q - What about the cost of restarting my vaccinations?
A - Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, we will be offering a vaccination 'amnesty' to get everyone back-on-track with the vaccinations and get everyone out enjoying their horses and competing safely once more. We are making this pledge now, so that you are clear about the cost implications of missing out on your boosters:
- For all clients having to re-start their primary vaccine course after the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, the 1st vaccine and visit fee will be at normal price (£42 for the vaccine inclusive VAT, visit fee according to area). You can save on the visit fee by using our half price visit fee 'zone days'.
- The second vaccine will be given free or charge. Normal fees will apply to any additional additional work carried out at the same time.
- If one of our zone days is used for the second vaccine, there will be NO visit fee. At all other times, the normal visit fee will apply.
- The third and subsequent annual or 6 monthly booster vaccinations will be charged at our normal price.
A - As the rules stand, you will not be able to go out competing again until 8 days after the second vaccinations of the new primary course has been given. However, we have already lobbied all competition organisers to relax these rules temporarily in view of the current situation. We are awaiting responses and will keep everyone posted.
Q - What about tetanus vaccinations?
A - Tetanus is a very serious disease that can kill horses. The bacteria that cause tetanus are found in soil and can infect your horse if they get a wound or cut. Fortunately the tetanus vaccine, unlike the flu vaccine, has a much longer effective protection time. We only boost tetanus vaccines every two years, and it is likely that horses are protected for up to 3 years after vaccination. Therefore, if your horse has had a primary vaccination course and annual boosters, they are likely to be protected. However, this should be considered on an individual basis and if you are concerned about this, please call us and speak to one of our vets on 01376 513369. If your horse has not had a tetanus or flu/tetanus combination vaccination and gets a wound, we will need to attend and give a tetanus anti-toxin injection to prevent tetanus.
Q - I have just received a vaccination reminder from you. Why?
A - Our text message and email vaccination reminder service is automated. We are working to stop these reminders being sent during the current crisis, but if you have received a reminder we apologise - we will not be able to provide the vaccination.
We hope that this answers a lot of the questions you may have