This year our flu vaccination programme will be run as it was last year, maintaining a COVID-secure environment.
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 vaccines for our patients aged over 65, and those aged 50-64 as well as our high-risk categories will soon be arriving, allowing us to schedule clinics on:
- 25th September for patients aged over 65
- 2nd October for patients aged 50-64 and any aged patients who are in our at-risk categories.
School aged children (ages 4-15 years) will be vaccinated by their schools.
Children aged 2-3 years will be contacted separately by the surgery and administered in the form of a nasal spray.
To reduce the risk of infection, while being as efficient as possible, all patients will be receiving a letter. You can only book an appointment after receiving this letter and will not be able to have the vaccination without having the letter with you at your appointment.
Do not come to the surgery to book an appointment, please use GP Online Services or telephone and 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.