COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Flu vaccine availability
GPs are not responsible for the delay in vaccinating this age group, they are following a rational, sensible approach to ensure the highest risk patients are prioritised to help protect both the most vulnerable and NHS resources through the winter season.
Vaccine orders were placed and delivery schedules agreed before the Covid crisis was recognised.
Prioritising those in greatest need means people over the age of 65, people under 65 with long term health problems, pregnant women and young children.
The new group of people that we want to vaccinate as a consequence of the Covid crisis, which is mostly people between the ages of 50 and 64, will have their vaccinations delayed until supplies are available and the highest risk patients have been seen.
It is still to be confirmed who will be responsble for vaccinating this group and when the vaccine will be available. As soon as we know, we will share the information and our plans with you.
Our GPs and nurses are working hard to clear the backlog of health reviews that accumulated over the past months in addition to working extra days to ensure we run as many flu clinics as possible.
Although seeing fewer patients face to face during lockdown, we were still busy.
Following the recent government announcement, that all people between the ages of 50 and 65 are entitled to a flu vaccination, we are pleased to announce the first of two additional flu clinics.
The first clinic is scheduled for Saturday 12th December. The second clinic will be early January, date to be confirmed.
These clinics are primarily for patients aged 50 to under 65 (on 31st March 2021) who are considered to be ‘clinically NOT at risk’. If you are in this age group and have not previously received an invitation for a flu vaccination from us, you now qualify for the vaccination.
Online Booking information
Please book ONLINE if you are registered to do so as our phone lines are exceptionally busy. If booking online, please check you book into the correct clinic for your age and invitation status:
Aged 50 to under 65 and NOT previously received an invitation from us, when booking, under the clinician heading, select one of Flu 1 through to Flu 7 and book yourself into a ‘FLU 50-64’ appointment.
Aged 50 to under 65 and previously (before 20th November) received an invitation from us, when booking, under the clinician heading, select Flu 8 and book yourself into a ‘FLU under 65 at risk – invite only’ appointment, limited appointments available until 10.40am.
Aged 65 and over, select Flu 8 under the clinician heading, and book yourself a ‘Flu over 65 – invite only’ appointment, limited appointments available after 11am.
If you are not registered for online booking, please call reception on 01308 421896 after 11am Tuesday to Friday.
Visit the NHS flu web page for more information.
Different patient groups receive different vaccines. For patients in the 50 to 65 age group who are not clinically at risk, the Department of Health and Social Security and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) have authorised the temporary supply of the Flublok vaccine. Flublok is licenced for use in the USA by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
2020 Flu Campaign
- Children aged 2 to 11 years old on 31 August 2020
- Everyone aged 65 and over (including those who will become 65 by 31 March 2021)
- Those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List or of immuno-compromised individuals where continuing close contact is unavoidable on most days
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
- People with qualifying caring responsibilities*
- Health and social care staff employed by a registered care provider or by a voluntary managed hospice provider or through Direct Payments/Personal Health Budgets and are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients or clients
- Over 50s who are not in a clinical at risk group may be offered immunisation later this year subject to sufficent vaccine being available
Not all eligible people (e.g. school age children) will be vaccinated at the surgery. If you are eligible for a flu vaccination you will receive a text, email or letter from us inviting you to book an appointment. Please see the groups below to see when you can expect to receive your invitation. Please only contact us after this date if you have not heard anything and you believe that you are eligible.
Aged 65 and over: book now, either online or by calling reception on 01308 421896 after 11am Tuesday to Friday, (providing you will be aged 65 or over on 31st March 2021 you do not need to wait for your invitation to book).
Aged 18 to 64 AND clinically at risk: strictly by invitation only, on receipt you can book now either online (using the above link) or by calling reception on 01308 421896 after 11am Tuesday to Friday.
Aged six months to 18 AND clinically at risk: strictly by invitation only, booking date to be confirmed, please do not attempt to book until advised.
Aged two to three: strictly by invitation only, please do not attempt to book until advised.
Pregnant women: strictly by invitation only, please do not attempt to book until advised.
Aged 50 to 64 (clinically not at risk): awaiting further government advice on vaccine availability, expected during November.
We have changed some of our processes due to covid. To help you and to help us, please read the frequently asked questions FAQs for further information. In particular, it will help if you:
- are mobile, if you would walk or park nearby to save parking spaces for those less mobile
- arrive at the building entrance no more than five minutes before your appointment
- come alone if possible
- wear a face mask or face covering if you are able to
- wear clothing that gives easy access to your upper arm
- go to the toilet before leaving home
- do not bring unnecessary bags or belongings into the building
Worried About Your Child?
Back to school concerns?
Now that your child is back at school, please see the following back to school video giving you advice on adopting good routines, healthy eating and staying safe.
Covid symptoms in children
If your child becomes unwell with a fever, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, you must urgently contact nhs.uk or call 119 to arrange a test.
Symptoms in children during the covid pandemic
For other symptoms the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health provide useful information here to help you decide what action youo need to take.
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