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 over the next few months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff
Details of how our clinics are run can be found below.
We have been prioritising our more vulnerable patients first.
These clinics will by invitation only.
Our flu vaccinations are working a little differently this year
Things to remember when you attend for your flu vaccination
- Do not attend if you or a member of your household are unwell with symptoms of Covid-19.
- Do not attend if you have been advised to isolate due to having a positive test for Covid-19, have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or because you have recently travelled back from a country where quarantine restrictions are in place.
- If you cannot attend your appointment please let us know and we will rebook you to a new time and date.
- If you do not attend your appointment will call you either on that day or the next working day.
- Please wear a short sleeved shirt/blouse under your coat.
- Please do not arrive too early for your vaccination
- You may need to wait outside for a short period of time.
- Please wear a face covering.
What will happen on the day of your appointment?
- The car park directly outside the practice will be closed to patient parking to allow socially distanced queuing outside of the practice.
- We would ask that those who can do so, park further away to allow the spaces closest to the practice to be used for those with mobility issues.
- Please do not bring anyone extra with you, where possible.
- You will be met by a member of staff who will check you in, take your temperature and advise you where to wait.
- You will be asked to join the queue with social distancing measures in place. Spacing will be marked out. Those from the same household will be able to queue together.
- You may be asked to have your blood pressure, height and weight taken. If you have a recent home recording of these please bring them with you.
- To help us with social distancing, we are using a one way system through the practice.
- You will be directed to where you will be vaccinated then directed to leave the practice at the rear. You will then be directed back around to the front of the practice.
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
- 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 – 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. These dates and times will be announced on our website.