Flu Vaccination Programme 2020

In light of the risk of flu and COVID-19 co-circulating this winter, it is absolutely essential that all vulnerable patients receive a flu vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

Your GP encourages you to receive your vaccination at the surgery because we want to ensure that you receive the correct type of flu vaccination. This will also enable the clinicians to update your medical records at the time of vaccination.

We have pre-ordered flu vaccinations for all of our eligible patients as listed below and have scheduled clinics in-line with our vaccine delivery dates.

Flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:

  • People aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31st March 2021)
  • Those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group, such as those with:
    Chronic (long term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
    Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    Chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
    Chronic liver disease
    Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
    Learning disability
    Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
    A weakened immune system due to disease (HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
    Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
    All pregnant women
    Household contacts of those on the NHS shielded patient list, or of immunocompromised individuals
    People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long stay care facilities
    Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
    Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home
    Children aged two and three years old on 31st August 2020 will be offered the vaccination in the practice. All primary school children and year 7 in secondary school will be offered the vaccination through a school age immunisation service

NHS England is planning to extend the vaccination programme in November and December to include the 50-64 old age groups subject to vaccine supply. This extension is being phased in to enable the “at risk groups” to be prioritised first.  Further information will follow once Practices have been informed about ordering further vaccines and how the Practice will vaccinate this age group.

Clinic Dates

Due to the current pandemic and to maintain Social Distancing and Infection Control, there will be no walk-in clinics this year.  Vaccination will take place in the Surgery carpark under a gazebo, however please be aware there will be a queuing system that will be outside and we advise to wear suitable clothing for the weather elements.  The following clinics will be pre-bookable only. Please go on-line (preferably through the NHS App) to book an appointment slot. If you are not on-line, please speak to one of our Reception team or book over the phone.

Saturday 26th September
08:30 – 15:00 – Over 65 age group ONLY
(Invites will start being sent from 01.09.20-20.09.20)

Monday PM Clinics starting from 5th October
14:00-16:30 – Over 65 age group ONLY
(Invites will start being sent from 01.09.20-20.09.20)

Tuesday and Wednesday PM starting from 15th September
13:45-17:00 – Children between the ages of 2-3 and 10-17 years ONLY
(Invites being sent by Child Health services for 2-3 year olds at beginning of flu season. Practice will send invites for 10-17 between 01.09.20-06.09.20)

Thursday and Friday PM from starting from 8th October
13:45-17:00 – Adults aged 18-64 years ONLY
(Invites will start being sent 14.09.20-02.10.20)

It is important that if you have the following symptoms, that you do not attend your appointment and reschedule for another day. High temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

What to Expect

  • There will be no ‘Turn up on the day’ allowed. Appointments are bookable through our online facility.  This is preferable to free up the phones lines, however if you are unable to book online please use call or send a request online.
  • Apart from the Saturday clinic, weekday Flu clinics will be held in the surgery carpark this year to help minimise the risk to both staff and patients.
  • There will be no parking available for the flu clinics – The carpark will be closed off and used for a queuing system.
  • If you are from the same household and in the same age group, please try to book your appointments one after the other, this will help the vaccinators on the day.
  • There will be a queuing system and you could be queuing up to 30mins, however our dedicated team will do everything they can to vaccinate patients in a timely manner. Please bare this in mind if you struggle to stand for long periods of time. Please make a member of our staff aware on the day who will look to accommodate you.
  • Although you have booked an appointment time, this does not guarantee your vaccine will be given at that time.
  • Do not come more than 5 mins early for your appointment, we want to minimise the number of people at any one time.
  • Our staff will be wearing full PPE, washing and sanitising hands in-between patients.
  • Patients will need to wear a mask or a face covering.
  • Please respect our staff, we will not tolerate any form of abuse and have put these safety measures in place for your safety. Anyone who does not adhere to the above or is found to be abusive to our staff will be asked to leave and will not be vaccinated.
  • Due to the restraints our staff will not be able to help with anything other than the flu vaccine on these days. Please do not ask our staff to get letters, prescriptions, sample bottles or anything else unrelated to your flu vaccine.
  • Keeping our patients safety in mind, please be aware that our toilets will be out of use, we will not have the manpower to clean these after every patient to help prevent the spread of infection.