Flu Vaccination Programme 2020

When will I be able to have my  flu vaccination

Our annual Flu vaccination programme has started and we have received our first batch of flu vaccines

Eligible patients have been sent an invitation by text message, or a letter if they cannot receive texts. You will then be able to call reception to make an appointment for vaccination. You will only be able to attend if you have an appointment.

If you have not received an invitation for flu vaccination you are not on the eligile list, so please DO NOT call to make an appointment

 

Who is eligible for NHS flu vaccination

Patients aged over 65 years by 31st March 2021

Patients younger than 65 years who have certain medical conditions that place them at greater risk of complications from Flu

 

What are the arrangements for vaccinations when I attend & how can I help?

It is important to limit the numbers of patients in the practice at any time to reduce any risk to yourself, other patients and our staff.

  • We will control the number of appointments to limit the number of patients allowed into the waiting area, so that there will be safe distancing. Sainitise your hands before sitting down and follow the signs so that you proceed in one direction through the practice
  • Please arrive on time so you can receive your vaccination and leave the practice and not cause a build up of patients in the practice
  • Wear loose clothing and, whilst waiting, remove coats and roll up your sleeves to allow easy access to the shoulder area for your chosen arm. Ideally wear a half sleeve top.
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • If you have been unwell with a fever within 3 days of your appointment or have Covid-19 symptoms (fever, continuous cough, loss of taste/smell) then cancel your appointment and DO NOT attend the practice

Keeping you safe when you attend the surgery

We are taking strict infection control measures, in line with guidance from NHS England, to keep patients and staff safe. In order to limit potential exposure to Covid-19 infection, we no longer have a “walk in” facility. Instead:

  • Patients are only allowed access to the surgery if they have an appointment
  • All patients are screened for potential Covid-19 symptoms using the intercom and only allowed access if well. Please do NOT visit the practice if you have symptoms and instead call 111
  • Numbers of patients in the practice are controlled and limited
  • Seating has been rearranged to ensure any individual patients are 2 metres from other patients and that patients follow allocated paths when in the building
  • All patients must wear a mask or face covering. Medical staff wear appropriate protection when seeing patients and the receptionists work behind plastic screens.
  • Disinfectant hand gel is available
  • Rooms are cleaned between patients, in line with NHS guidance

 

I have heard about additional vaccinations for patients aged over 50 years?

Please note the Department of Health has advised that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups 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.

If you are in this group then, depending on vaccine stocks, you will be invitied at the end of Novemeber or in December

 

Further information , e.g. for children vaccinations, will soon be published