The following cohorts of patients are eligible for a free Seasonal Flu vaccine.
- Adults 65 and over
- Adults and children with Long Term Conditions (Respiratory, Kidney, Heart, Liver, Spleen, Diabetes, Weakened immune system, Neurological, BMI over 40, Learning difficulties)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone on the NHS shielded list
- Children aged 2 & 3 on 31st August 2020
- Frontline health or social care workers
Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine.
No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
How do I make my appointment?
- Online via NHS app or your chosen provider. This option requires you to have registered and set up an online account
- Call the surgery on 01962 852211
We will be sending texts/letters to all eligible patients, starting with those over 65, inviting you to book your appointment.
What will happen when I arrive?
You will need to arrive at the Front door at your appointment time, not before, you will be offered hand sanitiser and your name will be ticked off.
You will be directed to a socially distanced queue which will be organised by a member of reception.
We will have up to 7 health professionals vaccinating so the queues will move very rapidly.
Once you have been vaccinated you will be directed to leave by the Back door. Wheelchair users and patients with mobility issues will be directed back through the front.
How is this different to normal?
The Flu clinics will be running in the surgery but to avoid overcrowding we will not be running routine GP/Nurse clinics on the day.
We will have fewer patients in at a time and are using more vaccination staff to ensure you aren’t in the surgery for any longer than necessary.
What do I need to do?
- Arrive on time, not before
- Come alone unless you need assistance
- Wear a mask or face covering
- Use the hand sanitiser that is provided
- Wear suitable, easily accessible clothing
It is vital that you do not attend for vaccination if you or a member of your household currently has symptoms of Covid-19 or if you are self-isolating due to contact with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19.
Will I just be offered my flu vaccination?
For the safety of yourself and our staff we will not be offering other vaccinations at these clinics.