Flu Vaccination Clinics 2020-2021
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak we are changing the way we provide our Flu Clinics this year.
More information about these changes will be posted here over the next few weeks - please be assured that we are working hard behind the scenes to provide vaccinations to all who need them in the safest way possible.
- We will be doing flu vaccinations at the surgery this year - please remember that when Flu Season starts we will be in our new premises at Vale Drive Primary Care Centre
- We have been planning carefully in the light of COVID-19 to keep patients, staff and the community safe.
- All appointments for flu vaccines will need to be booked in advance - there will be no walk-ins this year
- Higher risk groups will be vaccinated first so that people in the age group 50 - 64 years old without long term illness will be vaccinated in November if supplies are available. This depends on the government procuring them.
- Appointments will be available to book from the beginning of September 2020. Please ring after 10 am when booking.
- The first flu clinic will be on Saturday 3rd October and other dates will be available during the following weeks.
Those eligible for a free flu vaccine are patients over 65 or pregnant and under 65's with:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis or emphysema
- a kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- a liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological condition, for example multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
What we are doing to keep you safe when you visit us for your flu vaccine:
- Organising clinics in line with government guidelines and social distancing requirements.
- All patients must attend wearing face coverings.
- All patients are asked to attend on time for their appointment and not to arrive early or late.
- Clinical staff will be wearing appropriate PPE.
- Non clinical staff will be using face coverings.
- There will be a one way system throughout the practice with staff to guide you.
- Strict infection control will be in place which includes wiping of sets between patients and hand washing/sanitising.
- Doors and windows in the surgery will be open to promote air flow.
- Additional sanitiser will be available at the exit of the practice.
If you are aged 50 to 64 years old (including those who turn 50 by 31 March 2021) then during either December or January you will be invited to attend your GP surgery for the vaccine or you may contact any pharmacy offering NHS flu vaccinations.
If you have a long-term health condition that puts you more at risk from flu, you are in one of the priority groups who should not delay getting the vaccine. See NHS.UK to check the type of health conditions that this includes.
Published: Aug 27, 2020