Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/21
As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about your annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.
The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.
In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The Government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu jab to reduce the risk of carers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few months.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.Starting Saturday 3rd October 2020 we will be holding clinics for our clinically vulnerable patients who have been shielding from coronavirus (these letters have already been sent out, with details of appointment times).
These patients will be amongst the first to be contacted by us alongside any family members they live with. This is so we can prioritise the members of our community who are the most vulnerable, including members of their household.
These clinics will be by invitation only.
We have made the decision to conduct the rest of our flu clinics outdoors to maintain safety and social distancing for patients and staff. If you are eligible to have the flu vaccination then you will receive a letter with a barcode on it. These letters are currently being processed and will be sent out shortly.
Once you have received a letter, please contact the surgery to make an appointment for one of the following flu clinic days. You must bring the letter with you to your flu clinic appointment. Otherwise we cannot issue the vaccination.
Flu Clinic Dates
Our flu clinic dates are as follows:
- Adults 65 and over: Saturday 17TH October and Saturday 14th November 2020
- Under 65 with qualifying medical conditions: Saturday 31st October and Saturday 14th November 2020
Please only arrive at your appointment time. This is to avoid excessive patient foot traffic and allow for the required spacing. If you have still not received a letter a week before 17th October, and believe you are eligible, please contact the surgery.
This year the flu vaccine is being offer on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in Primary School
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 to 64
Clinics for the new 2020 cohort of eligible patients aged 50-64, who do not have an ‘at risk condition’ (see NHS UK) will follow soon. These dates and times will be announced on our website.
External websites for further information
- National Flu Immunisation Programme 2020 – 2021
- NHS UK Who should have the flu vaccine?
- Flu vaccine overview NHS UK
- Flu vaccine FAQs NHS UK
- Vaccination tips for parents NHS UK
Due to extensive demand and supply changes as a result of coronavirus, we are unable to guarantee a flu vaccination if you choose to decline. We will of course endeavour to accommodate those who can’t attend our scheduled clinics, if stock permits.