Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/2021
As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the 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 caregivers 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, but they will still be held at our surgery. If you are unsure if you are eligible for a flu vaccination, please read the information at the bottom of this page.
Our first walk-in flu clinic will be taking place on:
- Saturday 26th September 2020 from 08:30-11:30
This clinic will be for our patients who are over the age of 65 and children aged 2-3 years only.
If we have given us your mobile number, you may receive a text message from us inviting you to attend within a specific 30 minute timeframe. If you do not receive a text message and are over 65 or a child aged 2-3 please arrive between anytime between 08:30-11:30.
Please ensure you wear a face covering to the flu clinic.
Our patient car park will be designated as our social distancing queuing area. Appropriate signage will be in place and members of our Patient Group will be checking temperatures (via non-contact thermometers) before entering the building. If you have a temperature above 37.8 degrees please do not come for your vaccination.
We will be using a one way system. Entry will be via the main entrance and exit will be via the disabled side door. We will allow up to 4 patients into the building at a time.
You no longer need to print a consent form – your attendance at the clinic implies consent which the clinician will check with you on arrival . If you have a severe allergy to eggs or have reacted in the past to the flu vaccine, please make sure you let the clinician know when you have your vaccine.
No parking will be allowed in our patient car cark for the safety of our queuing patients and Patient Group. Please park carefully and considerately along New Wokingham Road or nearby streets.
Our next walk in flu clinic is taking place at the surgery on:
- Saturday 10th October 2020, 08:30 -11:30
This clinic will be for our eligible patients who are over 65 or under 65 and children aged 2-3 and will run in the same way as our earlier clinic.
For 50-64 year olds, we will receive guidance from the Government in November/December time. Once we have received this we will organise further walk-in flu clinics.
Do not attend if you have COVID symptoms.
Do not attend if you are isolating or in quarantine according to Government Guidelines.
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
Please note that primary school children and Year 7 children will have it at school not at the surgery.
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 -64
Free flu jabs for people aged 50-64 will be available in early December. If you fall into this category, your GP surgery will be in touch with you to arrange an appointment – this may take a little time but please don’t contact the surgery about the jab as this could tie up the phone lines and affect urgent calls for medical help.