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 patients and surgery staff.
We will be contacting you by text or phone to advise you of when we are holding clinics and to invite you to book an appointment for your flu vaccination.
All our flu clinics will be held with social distancing in mind and you will be given an appointment time to attend to have your flu vaccination; you will need to attend at the time you are given to help minimise the number of patients in the surgery at any one time and maintain social distancing to protect you and our staff.
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. The process for booking an appointment will be announced on our website when we have been advised by the government/NHS England what is expected and where vaccine supplies for this cohort will be supplied from.