Flu Clinics during Covid-19
We will be managing our flu clinics slightly differently this year given the Covid-19 situation. Please see below for details of eligibility, how to book your appointment, and details of what to expect when you arrive for your appointment.
If you are booked into a flu clinic it is important that you familiarise yourself with the on-the-day arrangements before arriving for your appointment.
We are now taking bookings for your flu jab - we have sessions throughout October where you can be booked in - these clinics are currently for 18+ only.
Letters and/or sms messages will be sent out inviting those patients who are not already booked in.
You can have the vaccine in our first round of clinics if you:
- are 65 years old or over (on 31st March 2021, ie you were born on or before 31st March 1956)
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- live with someone who's at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter
Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be available for free to 50-64-year-olds
See the NHS website for full details of who should have the flu vaccine: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/
Booking your appointment - please contact the surgery to arrange your flu jab, we will be running a clinic on Saturday 17th October, please book in for this and we will send you a letter with the instructions for the day.
To ensure the safety of our patients and staff we will require you to follow the following instructions:
- On the day of the appointment if have any of the following symptoms you must not come to the practice, you must call the following week to rearrange:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell
- If you live locally and are mobile please come on foot
- Arrive at the time of your appointment, please do not arrive early
- You must wear a face covering at all times
- You may need to queue outside so please be prepared to stand in the cold or rain
- When you enter the building you will need to remove your outer layers so that the top of your arm is exposed ready for your injection
- You will asked to queue at a safe distance from other patients
- You will be called to the next available clinician, regardless of who you are booked in with
We will try to operate this efficiently as possible to minimise waiting times but please come prepared.