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 from September 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff
Booking your appointment
Flu vaccinations will be by appointment only and can be booked via the Patient Access or NHS APP which you can access via our website or your smartphone. You can also telephone the surgery to make your appointment on 01264 361424:
- Please wear a face covering or mask.
- Please wear a short sleeved top to enable the vaccine to be administered quickly.
- To ensure we are able to safely adhere to social distancing guidelines please arrive on time for your appointment.
- Entry for the flu clinic will be via a back door accessed from our car park. Please do not come to the front door as it is locked.
- Upon arrival at the surgery please follow the Flu Jab Clinic signs and either park in the designated flu clinic bays which are clearly marked or if arriving on foot wait in the designated waiting area, adhering to social distancing guidelines. If the designated bays are not free please park in an alternative space.
- Move from your car at the time of your appointment to the waiting area. If there are two people occupying the designated waiting area please wait in your car until the area is free.
- A Dr or Nurse will call you into the clinic when it is your turn.
- Please do not ask the Dr or nurse about any other medical issues as they will not be able to assist you.
These clinics will by invitation only.If you are on our shielding list, you will receive a letter/SMS text message from us with details of your appointment times.
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 -56
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.