Our flu vaccination clinics will run differently this year due to the restrictions in place as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Flu vaccinations are a priority and, in order to vaccinate as many people as possible in the shortest possible timeframe, we are holding large vaccination clinics on the following Saturdays:
26th September 2020
10th October 2020
17th October 2020
We have been asked to vaccinate patients who have been shielding as a priority and we have been contacting these patients to offer an appointment in one of the above clinics. In addition, we will also be offering flu vaccination to anyone aged 65 and over (i.e. anyone with a birthday on or before 31st March 1956) and anyone aged under 65 who has an ongoing health condition such as diabetes, asthma or COPD, heart disease etc. Pregnant women are also eligible for flu vaccination.
The Government has also highlighted that all patients aged 50-64 years are to be offered flu vaccination, but this will probably be delayed until November or December to allow time for the most vulnerable patients to be vaccinated first.
Please note that the clinics arranged on Saturdays will be ‘walk-through’ type clinics whereby we aim to allow a steady stream of patients through the waiting room where they will be asked to remove coats and jackets etc and then be allocated to the next available GP or Nurse for vaccination. Patients will then exit the building via a different route to avoid over-crowding in the waiting room. This will require patients to queue outside before being allowed into the building. We would therefore ask patients to:
- Bring suitable clothing and/or an umbrella in case of rain or inclement weather
- Ensure a mask or face covering is worn whilst queuing and whilst in the Practice premises
- Be prepared to stand whilst queuing and whilst having the immunisation
- Maintain social distancing (2-metres) at all times
If there are any queries about eligibility for vaccination, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.