Seasonal Flu Vaccines at Bourn

We are delighted that we will soon be able to start offering your seasonal flu vaccine at Bourn Surgery. Despite a short delay in the vaccine arriving we are able to get started with our first clinic on Saturday 9th October 2021. We are awaiting a confirmed delivery date for our second batch of vaccines – so watch this space for further dates. We are grateful to all our patients who support Bourn Surgery by having their vaccination at the practice. We have to order your flu jab a year in advance so we have a flu jab for every patient that is eligible.

In the wake of Coronavirus, it is more important than ever to have your flu vaccination. We are concerned that this winter may see much larger than usual numbers of seasonal flu cases in addition to Coronavirus. Once again the ambition is to extend the seasonal flu vaccination campaign to include healthy adults over the age of 50 as we did last year.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

We will be inviting all patients who are eligible for an NHS flu vaccination to book their flu jabs in our clinics in October and early November. This includes:

· Patients who will be 50 years old before 31st March 2021

· Patients who have been advised to shield during Coronavirus

· Patients aged 6 months to 64 years who normally have a flu vaccination because they are in an “at risk” group (you can find out more about the “at risk” groups here

· Children aged 2 and 3yrs old

Children aged 4-11years old will be vaccinated by the schools vaccination programme, we are unable to vaccinate them at the surgery (unless they fall into an “at risk” group).

We will be contacting housebound patients to offer vaccination, please do contact reception if you feel you qualify as housebound and haven’t yet been contacted. For the avoidance of confusion, housebound means you are unable to leave the house.

Once again, we have to adapt our usual service to allow for social distancing to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and community.

Please ensure we have up to date contact details for you so we can invite you easily as clinics are opened for booking.

On the Day advice for patients:

· Please arrive at the time of your appointment, please do not arrive early

· Please wear a short sleeved top so that we can easily access your arm

· Please wear a face covering over your mouth and nose (unless medically exempt)

· Please do not attend if you are unwell with Coronavirus symptoms or are self isolating due to a household contact or on NHS test and trace advice

· Please follow the signage and the direction of staff and volunteers on arrival

· We will be running a one way system through the surgery with different entry and exits points, there will be no chairs to sit on

· There will be markers laid out to indicate socially distanced queueing points

· If you are able to park outside the surgery car park and walk, this would be much appreciated so we can retain the car park for those less mobile patients. During our Saturday Clinics there is some parking available at the farm over the road.

· Please maintain social distancing at all times

· If you are unable to comfortably walk the length of the practice, cannot walk over one small step, or are unable to stand for the duration of your visit, please let reception know in advance or on arrival. You may wish to display your disabled blue badge on your dashboard (or a piece of paper indicating limited mobility) so we can easily identify patients who need vaccinating in our limited mobility spots

· After your vaccination please leave promptly, both from the building and also the car park and surrounding area.

Please DO NOT attend if you are unwell with Coronavirus symptoms or are self isolating due to a household contact or on NHS test and trace advice