Flu Vaccination Information
Flu Vaccine Update – Friday 20th November 2020
You will no doubt have heard in the media this morning, that those age 50-64 will be able to receive a flu vaccine from 1/12/20. General practices are learning this information at the same time as you.
Practices are doing all they can to prepare and source vaccines, they will be in contact with patients as soon as they are able. In the meantime please do not contact your surgery about flu vaccines if you are in this group until you are asked to do so.”
We are as frustrated as you that DHSC now appear to use the media as their main method of communicating such important information with general practice. The only other update we have received today is that they will be updating the guidance on accessing the DHSC Vaccine stocks but there is no indication yet, when that update might be shared with the people that actually need it!
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
This year the flu vaccine is being offer by GP surgeries 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: Registered residential care or nursing home, Registered homecare organisation, Hospice
Children in primary school and in Year 7 at secondary school will be given their vaccinations by the school based programme.
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 -56
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.
We will be holding our flu clinic in Bolsolver on Saturday 3rd October 2020.
We will aim to hold this outdoor in our car park, so we ask that you follow the instructions of our staff about where to wait and queue for your vaccination. If the weather is inclement, we will hold it indoors instead.
We will also be holding flu clinics at Glapwell Community Centre (The Green, Glapwell, S44 5LW) of Wednesday 7th October 2020 and Wednesday 21st October 2020.
We will provide further details of flu clinics for 2-3 year olds and catch-up clinics when they are available.
Please do not attend surgery to book.
There is high demand for booking flu appointments this year. Therefore there might be a delay in answering or responding to your call. Please bear with us during this time – we will aim to get round to everybody in due course.
If you have any difficulties, please do not attend surgery in person to book.
We do realise making sure you get your flu vaccination is very important for everyone, however, we must maintain the safety of our staff and other patients, as well as prioritise other ongoing clinical work besides booking flu jab appointments.
Flu clinic procedure
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, flu clinics will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.
If you are unwell, have a fever, have coronavirus symptoms or been told to self-isolate, you must not attend under any circumstance – please rebook when you are well or out of self-isolation.
- Please attend alone where this is possible.
- Please arrive within 5 minutes of your booked appointment time – do not come too early or at a random time as we want to avoid any overcrowding.
- You will need to wear a face covering which covers your nose and mouth.
- You will need to queue with strict social distancing using a one-way route and follow floor markings – just like at the supermarket.
- Seating will generally not be available in order to reduce infection control risk – if you think you will struggle with this, please highlight to our admin staff.
- You are advised to wear suitable clothing and/or have an umbrella if raining.
- You will need to sanitise your hands when you check in.
- Please wear short-sleeved clothing underneath your outerwear.
- You will need to maintain social distancing throughout as you get your coat/top layers off and arm exposed whilst in the queue.
- Please heed the instruction of our staff who are supervising the flow of patients – they are there to ensure everyone’s safety.