Flu Clinics 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.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation the flu clinics will operate in a slightly different way to previous years as we will need to factor in social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect our patients and staff.
Our flu vaccinations for the over 65’s are due to be delivered towards the end of September so please call us to book in to one of the flu clinics on 01283 217092 from 30th September 2020 onwards. We will be holding clinics for our clinically vulnerable patients who have been shielding from coronavirus. These patients will be amongst the first to be contacted by us alongside any family members they live with. This is so we can prioritise the members of our community who are the most vulnerable, including members of their household.
Stock for anyone who is under 65 and in a clinical at risk group will be arriving around 5th October 2020 so if this does apply to you please do not call us until after 5th October 2020.
Children will be invited into a separate clinic and we will contact all of the eligible patients so that appointments can be booked.
There will be no drop in clinics with no prior appointment this year.
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to
- Adults 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Pregnant women
- Carers including people living with someone who is at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- 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(These vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school)(These vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- Frontline health or social care workers
- Home visits are available for medically housebound patients only.
How to book
If you are eligible please telephone reception any week day from 30th September onwards to book your flu vaccination on 01283 217092, please telephone after 12 noon where possible when are phone lines are usually a little quieter.
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 -64
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 but it is likely to be late November/ December. These dates and times will be announced on our website and we will text you when further details are announced. Please let us know if you have recently changed your mobile number so that we can update your record.
How to decline
If you already know that you don’t want a flu vaccine please call to tell us. You could also email to decline if that is easier so that your vaccine can be offered to someone else who needs it. This year more than ever, this is very important as vaccine supplies are expected to be in extremely high demand.
Email: email@example.com with your name, DOB and address with the information stating that you are declining your flu vaccine this year.