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.
As part of our flu arrangements this year, we are also looking to update our patients records with ethnicity, where this information is currently not available. If you would be happy to provide this information, please can you write your ethnicity on your letter when you bring it with you to your flu appointment or submit our Ethnicity Data form and we will use this to update your record.
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.
Flu clinics will be held at the Connaught Hall in October and November this year, you will be invited by letter.
Please do not attend a clinic for a flu vaccination unless you have received a letter inviting you to do so. We have an extensive flu programme running over the coming months and all eligible patients will be contacted by us with an invitation to attend one of our clinics.
It is essential that you bring your letter of invitation with you.
Please be assured that we will be operating a socially distanced queuing system and adhering to strict infection control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
- Please bring your letter with you on the day.
- Please do not attend unless you have received a letter.
- If you do not wish to receive your flu vaccination, please complete our Flu Invitation 2020 – Declined form or type ‘Flu’ in the website search bar at the top and follow the instructions.
- If you are on Warfarin please bring your yellow book with you on the day.
- Please wear a face covering.
- Please observe social distancing.
- Please come prepared for inclement weather, patients will be queuing outside.
- Parking is limited so please walk if possible.
- Your vaccination will not take place behind a screen so please wear suitable clothing.
- If you are unable to attend, we will contact you to arrange another date.
This year the flu vaccine is being offered 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
We are not currently offering vaccinations for patients aged 50-64, who do not have an ‘at risk condition’. The inclusion of this age group will be dependent on the availability of vaccines after our core at risk and over 65s patients have received their flu vaccination.
Please check our website regularly where we will be keeping information up to date with any changes.