This year we have to factor in social distancing into our flu vaccination schedule and so we are introducing new systems to keep everyone safe. There will not be any drop-in flu clinics this year and everyone attending for vaccination will have to show the invitation we send out – without it, we will not be able to vaccinate you.
Our proposed flu clinic dates are 12th September, 19th September, 26th September, 3rd October and 10th October. The first clinic on 12th September is being used for those at highest risk of complications from COVID-19 infection, and their household members aged over 18 only.
Subsequent clinics will be used for all other patients entitled to the annual flu vaccination.
We will be running several clinics at once on each Saturday, in the rear car park at the surgery. We are aiming to conduct these outside, to limit COVID infection risk, but will have access to consulting rooms if needed. There will be several team members organising the flow of patients, both to keep people safe and make sure the clinicians always have a patient with them so that we vaccinate as many people as possible during the clinic. You will need to show your invitation for vaccination, so please remember to bring it with you.
Anyone attending the clinics should please consider the clothing they wear, to allow easy and quick access to their arm. All patients should please bring their own a face covering or mask with them.
Children Under 18
These patients have a different type of vaccine from adults, and will not be sent invitations for vaccination until the delivery of the vaccine is confirmed. This usually means the vaccination will not be offered until the October clinic dates.
- Please note – If your child is eligible to have a vaccination at school, and is not otherwise in another at risk group, they should have their vaccine at school, not at the Doctors surgery.
Home visits will be available – for medically housebound patients only.
We shall continue to offer essential home visits for very frail patients to have their flu vaccinations at home and for those living in care homes.
- Home visit slots are very limited and so are strictly reserved only for those who physically couldn’t get into a car to attend an appointment with help from a friend, family or a taxi.
When do the flu clinics start?
The clinics will start on 12th September. Once the main clinics are over (by mid-October), we will be using normal weekday clinic times to vaccinate those eligible patients who have not been able to attend before. Please remember that coming inside the surgery building is considered a higher risk than being outside, so for everyone’s safety, please make every effort to attend a Saturday clinic.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- adults 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021)
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- CARERS – including people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- children in primary school (NB these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- children in year 7 (secondary school) (NB these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- frontline health or social care workers
I am aged 50-64, am I also now eligible?
Later in the year, the flu vaccine is expected to be able to be given to people aged 50 to 64.
More information will be available to the 50-64 ‘newly eligible’ patients later in the autumn.
- If you’re aged 50 to 64 but also in another at-risk group, you will be invited for your flu vaccine in the coming weeks. You will need to bring the invitation to vaccination with you when you attend; if you do not, we will not be able to vaccinate you.
- If you’re aged 50 to 64 and not already in an at risk group, please ensure the practice has a correct mobile number for you, as details will be sent by text about the availability of additional vaccines later in the season.
I am almost 65, am I eligible now?
Yes. As with previous years, anyone who will be 65 years old by the 31st March 2021 will be entitled to receive a flu vaccine from the 65+ supply even before they physically turn 65.
Can I have my flu vaccine when I am coming up the surgery for another medical reason?
Yes, but only if you have an appointment and only if time allows on the day.
If an eligible patient is already coming to the surgery for a face to face appointment with a GP or nurse, then it may be possible to give the flu vaccination at that appointment.