Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/2021

As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.

The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.

In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu jab to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.

We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff

Starting on the26th of September with clinics throughout the month of October and going into November we will be holding clinics for ourpatients aged 65+ years plus those who clinically vulnerable patients. These patients will be amongst the first to be contacted by usand how will be offered vaccinationalongside any family members they live with. This is so we can prioritise the members of our community who are the most vulnerable, including members of their household.

These clinics will by invitation only.If you are on our list, you will receive a letter/SMS text messageand will then need to contact the practice to arrange your appointment. If you feel you are eligible but haven’t received an invite please speak to a member of the practice team.

Many of our clinics will be held in an outside shelter in the surgery car park in order that we can avoid any issues with unwell patients and to adhere to social distancing guidelines. When attending for your vaccination please avoid bringing personal belongings with you except for an umbrella in case you are queuing in the rain and wear a garment which allows the top of your arm to be easily accessible and be prepared ready for your vaccination as you enter the shelter to help with the flow through of patients.

This year the flu vaccine is being offer on the NHS to:

  • Adults 65 and over
  • People with certain medical conditions(including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
  • Pregnant women
  • 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
  • Children in Year 7 (secondary school)
  • Frontline health or social care workers

Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 – 64

Clinics for the new 2020 cohort of eligible patients aged 50-64, who do not have an ‘at risk condition’ (see NHS UK) will follow soon. These dates and times will be announced on our website.

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