Updated 21/12/2020 - please see in bold below...
Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus that infects many people each year & can cause serious illness & death. For more information & to find out if you are eligible for a free NHS flu jab, please visit www.nhs.uk/flujab
We are proud of how successful our flu vaccination campaign is every year, thanks to our staff and patients alike. We are determined not to let the COVID-19 pandemic affect this but we must also respect the new social distancing and infection control requirements. Therefore, we need to do things a little differently this year:
- We are contacting a cohort of eligible patients who either declined a flu jab last year or received a flu jab at a pharmacy, to find out their intentions for this year - this will ensure that only patients who want us to administer a flu jab are invited for an appointment;
- Other eligible patients will receive a letter inviting them to a flu jab appointment on a specific day & time, most of which will be on a Saturday - this will avoid patients needing to contact the surgery to arrange their flu jab, keeping our phone lines free for other matters;
- We have been asked to prioritise any patients who were told to practice social shielding during the national COVID-19 lockdown, & those who are carers - we are aiming to vaccinate such patients, indeed all eligible patients who want a flu jab by the end of October;
- Patients who reside in a care home or are listed on our housebound register will be offered a home visit instead - we are working with other local practices on this scheme to reduce the number of our staff visiting patients & thus reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission;
- Patients who are also eligible for a pneumococcal (pneumonia) or shingles vaccine will be offered one of these at the same time as their flu jab - this will reduce the need to invite such patients back on another day & so free up nursing team appointments at the surgery.
The criteria for a FREE NHS FLU JAB have now been expanded to include ALL PATIENTS AGED 50-64 (including those who will be aged 50 by 31st March 2021). We have been able to secure an additional supply of flu vaccine & so we are holding an additional flu vaccination clinic on SATURDAY 9TH JANUARY 2021. It is definitely not too late to be vaccinated on that date so PLEASE ARRANGE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW. To reduce pressure on our telephone lines, the easiest way is to book using ONLINE ACCESS, e.g. THE NHS APP - for details, please click here. If you do need to ring instead, please avoid the early morning rush by ringing after 10am - thank you.
If you have a separate appointment at the surgery between now & the day of your flu jab appointment, we will endeavour to administer your flu jab then instead - the fewer trips that any patient needs to make to the surgery, the better, to support social distancing.
On the day of your appointment, please:
- Do not attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus: i.e. a fever, or a new persistent cough, or a change to your sense of smell or taste;
- Do wear loose fitting clothing that can be easily removed from the arms, and a face covering if possible, as per the latest government guidance;
- Do not arrive more than 5 minutes earlier than your allocated appointment time or more than 10 minutes after, or we may be unable to allow you inside;
- Do not attend with another person, unless this is required to assist with your mobility or understanding, or they are attending at the same time;
- Do follow the signs to the rear emergency exit, where you will be greeted by one of our reception staff who will advise you what to do next.