This year our flu vaccination programme is going to be different from previous years. Maintaining a COVID-secure environment and process is paramount while ensuring we can meet the anticipated high demand.
We will be holding clinics for different groups at different times. This is influenced by when our vaccines are going to be delivered and government guidance and protecting our patient population.
The vaccine that is for patients aged over 65 is due to arrive on 9th September, allowing us to schedule clinics on 19th and 26th September for patients 65 or over only.
Update: The 19th and 26th September are now fully booked with no appointments available at this time. We are looking at additional dates and will open them as soon as possible, please keep an eye on this page.
The vaccine for patients aged 18 and over but less than 65 who are in an at-risk category is not being received until October meaning our first clinic for this group cannot be until 17th October with a second planned for 24th October.
Patients aged under 18 in at at-risk category will be scheduled in due course and as soon as possible.
Patients aged 50-64 who are not in one of the at-risk categories are being included in this year’s programme but will not be invited until November-December dependant on supply of the vaccine.
To reduce the risk of infection, while being as efficient as possible, all patients will be receiving a letter. You will not be able to book an appointment until after receiving this letter and will not be able to have the vaccination without having it with you at your appointment. DO NOT come to the surgery to book an appointment, please use GP Online Services or telephone, please be aware the phone lines can be busy.
The letter will contain all the information you will need to prepare for your appointment. It will also look slightly different to our traditional layout and will include three barcodes. The wording in the letter is below.
Thank you for your help.
We write to invite you to book an appointment in a flu clinic held at the surgery by going online or telephoning. Flu is a serious and potentially life-threatening infection and it is highly recommended that you are vaccinated against it. We will be operating a socially distanced queuing system with strict infection control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Please adhere to the following:
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt which will make it easy for you to expose one shoulder and a mask or face covering.
- Arrive on time.
- Do not bring additional family members unless absolutely essential.
- Arrive on foot if possible as car parking space is limited.
- Due to social distancing reasons, be prepared to queue outside the building.
- Do not attend if you feel unwell, have a fever or any COVID symptoms.
- Do not attend if you have previously had a severe allergic reaction to egg or a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past.
You must bring your letter with you. You will not receive a flu vaccine if you don’t bring it with you.