In the wake of Coronavirus, it is more important than ever to have your flu vaccination.
However, we have to adapt our usual service to allow for social distancing to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and community.
Please see the “on the day” information below to find out more about what to expect when you attend for your vaccination.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
We would like to invite all patients who are ordinarily eligible for an NHS flu vaccination to book their flu jabs in October and early November. This includes:
- Patients who will be 65 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 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/
- 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).
You will have heard in the news that the government has an ambition to extend the flu programme to include everyone over 50 years, plus the household members of shielded patients. However, we have been asked by NHS England to prioritise the “at risk” patients first. At this time we are unable to offer vaccination to these extended groups, we are awaiting further information from NHS England which will be subject to national vaccine availability. We will update the information on our website as soon as we know more. We would advise checking again in early November.
Please contact reception on 01954 719469 to book your flu appointment
Delivery of the vaccinations to the surgery from the manufacturer is staggered throughout October and November.
Therefore we have flu clinics currently planned on:
- Tuesday 20th October (under 65 at risk)
- Saturday 31st October (all adult ages)
- Tuesday 3rd November (all adult ages)
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.
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
- 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