In light of the risk of flu and Covid-19 co-circulating this winter, the National Flu Immunisation Programme will be absolutely essential to protecting vulnerable people and supporting the resilience of the health and care system.

Eligible Groups

Achieving maximum uptake of the flu vaccine is of very high priority to us. We will be offering immunisation to the following groups:

  1. people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31st March 2021)
  2. people aged less than 65 years of age and 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 
  • diabetes  
  • splenic dysfunction or asplenia 
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment) 
  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  1. all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  2. Carers and health and social care staff

 

Vaccination of those aged 50-64 years

Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical ‘at-risk’ group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccines. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier. 

 

Vaccination for Children

 School aged children will be offered the flu vaccinations through their school. Please keep a lookout for the invitation via your child’s school. 

Vaccination for under 4 – we can provide vaccination for children under 4. Further details on this programme will be forthcoming

Clinic Dates (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

  • Saturday 3rd October, 9-2pm, for patients aged over 65
  • Saturday 10th October, 9-2pm, for patients aged 65 and over
  • Monday 26th October, time to be confirmed, for patients aged 65 and over​​​​​​​

Please be advised that flu clinic appointment bookings have to be phased in line with the delivery of vaccines - this means that we can't release all flu appointment slots in one go as the necessary amount of vaccines may not be on site. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, you may also make an appointment with any available pharmacy. Unfortunately, we can only offer you an appointment once we have taken delivery of vaccines. 

Changes to Clinic arrangements this year

Because of the need to continue to protect all our patients and staff from the risk of infection during the pandemic, our flu clinics will be organised very differently this year.

All clinics will be run using a “walk through” model with careful attention paid to the need for social distancing and infection control.

  • All eligible patients will receive a written letter of invitation
  • Attendance will be by booked appointment only
  • Patients will need to bring a copy of their invitation letter to the appointment 
  • Reception staff and immunisers will be wearing full PPE
  • All patients must wear a face covering unless medically exempt
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing to allow your upper arm to be easily accessible
  • There will be no waiting space in the surgery therefore please attend as close to your appointment time as possible and queue outside
  • There will be a one way system in operation in the surgery and all patients will be asked to follow social distancing rules
  • If you have mobility issues or are housebound, please alert the reception team and we will organise a suitable appointment time outside the usual clinic times
  • You should not attend the clinic if you are unwell with symptoms of Covid or have been asked to self-isolate because a member of your household is showing symptoms or been in contact with another individual with symptoms of Covid. You will be asked these questions before entering the building
  • If you have had Covid you should wait for at least 2 weeks after your symptoms have resolved before you attend.

 

Please ensure you keep looking at our website or Facebook Page for up to date information on all clinics as dates may be subject to last minute changes depending on vaccine availability

Published: Sep 16, 2020