Our flu campaign has started. As we all know, this is an unprecedented situation and we have to plan every small detail of how patients will access their flu immunization in a safe and efficient manner. Patients will be required to wear some sort of face covering (a see through shield is perfectly acceptable) and your temperature may be taken.
For the safety of the staff and patients alike, the clinics will be run at the building entrance concourse, in portable vaccination pods which means there will be no sitting area indoors. Therefore, we request that patients do not arrive any earlier than a couple of minutes before their appointment as they will have to wait outdoors.
CLINICS ARE STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT AND THE VACCINES ARE ALLOCATED TO THOSE BOOKED IN – PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE BUILDING IF YOU HAVE NOT PRE-BOOKED AN APPOINTMENT AS WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VACCINATE YOU.
Please call your usual practice to make an appointment.
Clinics dates are as follows:
|26th September||Over 65 year old|
|3rd October||Over 65 year old|
|10th October||64 year old and under|
|24th October||Over 65 year old|
|31st October||64 year old and under|
|7th November||Over 65 year old|
|14th November||64 year old and under|
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 of age)
- 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
Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. More information will be available later in the autumn. If you are in this group and do not have an underlying condition, we ask for your co-operation by waiting until this information is available. Currently, practices only have access to the vaccines for the at risk group. As soon as the DoH announces the availability of extra vaccines for this new cohort, we will plan and book the appropriate clinics.
However, if you're aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.