In order to operate flu vaccination clinics this year we have had to factor in social distancing in our plans, so things are going to be a little different.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- adults aged 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2022)
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- carers & close contacts of immunocompomised people
- children aged 2 – 15 on 31st August 2021 (children aged 4 and over will be vaccinated in schools)
- frontline health or social care workers
If you are unsure whether you are eligible for a free flu jab, please contact the surgery and we will be able to advise you.
All eligible patients should receive an invite either by text, phone or a letter.
Housebound/Care Home Patients
Our close relationship with the Central West Community team means that once again this year they will providing our housebound patients and care home patients with their flu vaccinations. We expect these visits to begin in September/October.
Home visits are very limited and so are strictly reserved only for those who physically couldn’t get into a car or public transport to attend an appointment even with help from a friend, family or a taxi.
Has anything changed from previous years?
As always we are running separate clinics for patients 65+, 64 and under and for children.
All patients attending for their vaccination will have to be ‘ready’ before entering the surgery. This means wearing a face covering, removing jackets and rolling sleeves up. The nurses have to clean down the room after every patient, so this will help to keep our appointments as close to time as possible. We also ask that you only arrive around 5 minutes prior to your appointment time to minimise queuing.
When are the flu appointments available to be booked into?
We’ve recently started inviting those patients who are eligible for a flu vaccine so appointments are available to book now.
Can I have my flu vaccine when I am coming to the surgery for another medical reason?
Yes, but only if you have an appointment with a GP, Nurse or Paramedic, you are eligible and only if time and stock allows on the day.