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
We will be contacting all eligible patients over the coming weeks with details of appointments and things to bear in mind, there is no need to call us yet as we do not have the capacity at this moment to manage the level of incoming calls this may generate:
- Where possible please arrive on foot. Where this is not possible our car park will not be open on “flu clinic days” so please use the surrounding parking areas
- Please consider the weather but please ensure you have a short sleeved top on as your final layer once you have removed your coat etc…. this is to enable us to safely and quickly immunise as many patients as possible
- Please attend alone / only with others who have an appointment wherever possible
- Please do not attend if you have any COVID symptoms (a high temperature, new continuous cough, and/or a loss of taste and/or smell). Please contact us by telephone to reschedule
- We will only be offering flu jabs during our specialist clinics and will not be able to provide any additional services on these days (Saturdays)
Starting from week commencing 28th September we will be holding clinics for our clinically vulnerable patients and those who are aged over 65. These patients will be among 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.We look forward to welcoming you and will be in touch as soon as we are able to start booking appointments
These clinics will by invitation only. If you are on our shielding list, you will receive contact from us with details of your appointment times.
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 – 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: