The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications. Please see the information below which sets out our plan to deliver the flu vaccine this year.
Who should have the flu vaccine?
This year the fly vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- Adults aged 65 years or over
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at risk groups from 6 months of age)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone who is at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 (born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2018)
- Children in Primary school
- Children in Year 7
- Frontline health or social care workers
Later in the year the flu vaccine may be offered to people aged 50-64 who would not normally qualify to receive the vaccine and we await further Government guidance on this. However, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and are in an at risk group, you should have your flu vaccination as soon as this becomes available.
How to get your flu vaccine
Given the current situation, the need to maintain social distancing and in line with guidance from NHS England, we feel it would not be appropriate to hold the Saturday morning clinics as we would normally. All vaccinations will be given here at the Surgery with patients being either allocated a date and time slot to attend, or notified when appointments are available to book.
As always, the delivery schedule is complex, and we have planned our clinic sessions so that we can vaccinate as many people as possible as soon as a batch of vaccines is delivered.
We will be writing to all eligible patients advising either of their allocated date/time slot, or when appointments are available to book. Further information on this can be found overleaf.
Delivering the flu vaccination programme this year is going to be very challenging and for the duration of the flu campaign this will be our top priority. On the days we have our large clinics running we will be offering an emergency only service.
For Children aged 2-3 (Nasal Vaccine)
We are holding some short clinics week commencing Monday 14th September 2020 between 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm daily. Letters have now been sent to parents of those eligible children inviting them to book an appointment.
For those patients aged 65 years of age and over
We have planned clinics for Thursday 1st October, Friday 2nd October, Thursday 22nd October and Friday 23rd October 2020. We will be writing to patients alphabetically by surname with details of their allocated date and time slot very shortly. These clinics will be held in our basement clinic rooms.
For those patients aged under 65 years of age in an at risk group
We will be holding daily clinic sessions between 4.30 pm and 6.00 pm during weeks commencing Monday 5th October and Monday 19th October 2020. Again, we will be writing to patients in this group alphabetically when these appointments are available to book. These clinics will be held on our main clinical floor accessed via the main Surgery entrance.
For those patients aged 50 to 64 years of age who are not in an at risk group
Currently, we await further guidance from the Government on the availability of vaccines for this age group so are unable to advise any clinic dates at present.
Please wait until you receive your letter before contacting the Surgery
This will tell you the date and time of your allocated slot, or when you can call to book your appointment. It will also tell you where you need to go and what you need to do when you arrive for your vaccination.
If you don’t want a flu vaccination
Please let us know so we can remove you from the list and avoid contacting you again unnecessarily. You can either sign the bottom of the letter you receive and return to us, or e-mail email@example.com with your full name, date of birth and a short message advising you do not want the vaccine. We can then note your record accordingly.
How to contact us about your flu vaccination
We have a dedicated flu telephone line – 01594 545329 – which will be manned daily between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. Please only contact this number with any flu related queries or if you need to change your allocated time slot, and not the main Reception number. Our Reception Staff will not be able to handle the increased number of calls and this may prevent someone who is seriously ill from getting through. Please don’t call us about your flu appointment until you have received your letter. You can also submit any flu queries via our website, and we will respond to these as quickly as possible.
If the timeslot you are given is not convenient, please call the Flu Line on the number above and we will do our best to allocate you a new slot.
Thank you for your co-operation.