Flu Clinics - New clinic dates

Vaccinations

We are pleased to announce new clinics for the Flu immunisation program

This year has again been challenging for a number of reasons

The government and CCG were initially planning for us to co-administer the Covid booster and Flu jabs together but due to time scale and logistics the majority of people will be immunised separately. It is probably preferable to avoid any other immunisations within 1 week of the Flu jab.

The practice ordered our Flu vaccines almost a year in advance but expected delivery dates were pushed back due to supply problems nationally. We were then informed that all the practices will receive less initial supplies than we were expecting/ ordered. We should still receive enough for our population in the coming weeks but have not been informed when further deliveries are expected.

 

Clinic dates/times

To ensure that we are able to prioritise those most vulnerable and to manage supply, footfall and social distancing, we will be separating the clinics into specific vaccination groups which are listed below in the table.

These clinics will be walk-in (no need to book an appointment), however patients will be advised via either text message or letter which clinic date and which session either morning or afternoon you should attend.

It is essential that arrival times are staggered and we ask patients not to all arrive at the start of each clinic and wherever possible to attend on the day and session that you are invited to. Patients may be asked to return at a later time / day if it is deemed necessary.

 
Date/Time Eligible groups
Saturday 27th November 2021
  • Morning - 9am to 12pm
  • All people aged 50 years and over
  • All people aged 18 years to less than 50 years of age, in a clinical risk group
  • All women who are currently pregnant
 

Here is what else you need to know

How will patients be invited?

Please do not telephone us

Text messages or letters will be sent direct informing those patients who are eligible for a vaccination and details of which clinic date and session they should attend.

 

Eligibility

  • All people aged 65 years or over
  • All people aged 6 months to less than 50 years of age, in a clinical risk group :
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
    • chronic liver disease
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
    • learning disability
    • diabetes
    • splenic dysfunction or aspleniaa weakened immune system due to disease or treatment
    • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • All people aged 50 years to 64 years
  • All pregnant women
  • Those who are in receipt of a carers allowance or who care for an older or disabled person
  • Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
 

Clinic locations

We will be offering the flu service from Thornhills Medical Practice premises and we will be operating a one way system, with social distanced queuing.

 

What will happen when I arrive?

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.

Queues will be outside the building, there will be no waiting area inside. Please come prepared for the weather. When you arrive please follow the signs and join the queue. You will be directed to which vaccination station to go to. There will be a one-way system in place. You will enter the building via the door at the back of the building and exit via the main entrance. . If this is likely to be difficult for you please inform a member of staff when you arrive.

 

What do I need to do?

  • Wear a face mask / covering when you attend
  • Ensure you wash your hands before and after
  • Attend alone unless you require a carer or the support of another
  • Be prepared to answer questions about yourself such as: name, date of birth, address, any allergies
  • Ensure your arm is ready for the vaccination
 

What do I do after I’ve had my vaccination?

Most patients can leave the site immediately; however, in some cases you may be asked to remain on the premises for a short while.

 

Additional clinics

There will be further clinics running as soon as we know when further stock is available for people who have not yet been called or were unable to attend the above dates. These will be advertised on our website in due course. Opportunistic flu vaccinations for 
eligible patients visiting the surgery for other appointments if appropriate will also be offered.

 

Housebound and care home patients

Patients on our agreed housebound list and those who live in a care home will be visited and vaccinated at home or at the care home.

 

Children without chronic diseases

  • 2 year olds and 3 year olds will be invited for vaccination at the surgery separately.
  • 4 year olds to 15 year olds will be vaccinated by the schools.
 

And finally….

Can you offer any help?

Again, we are looking for volunteers who could spare a couple of hours on any of the clinic dates to assist with managing the queues and the one way system. If any patients are interested, in the first instance please contact us indicating which clinics would be most convenient for you. 

Many thanks in advance for your support

Published: Nov 9, 2021