FLU CLINICS AT ROSEGARTH & SIDDAL
This year, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the government have made changes to the eligibility criteria for the flu vaccine; due to the strict health and safety measures currently in place, we need to run our clinics differently to ensure we can keep our patients and staff safe at this time.
This year we have to factor in social distancing into our flu vaccination clinics so we are introducing new systems to keep everyone safe.
We WILL NOT host any drop in clinics this year and all appointments MUST be in a pre-bookable slot.
Everyone eligible needs to pre-book online
All of our clinics can be booked ONLINE.
Please read the below carefully before booking into a clinic:
- All our clinics will be available to book online via Patient Access. Please register for Patient Access if you do not have an online account already.
- Our clinics will run in a clinical priority order and eligible patients will be sent invites.
- You will be booked into a specific timed appointment and it is essential you arrive on time for that appointment.
- If you do not arrive for the time you book, you may be asked to re-book another time.
- Please arrive at your appointment time. This is so that we can ensure we do not have big groups of patients congregating outside the surgeries and can maintain social distance safely.
- You will be asked to queue outside at 2 metre intervals and your name will be checked off a register by a member of staff so that we have a record of your attendance.
- Your temperature will be taken and a series of questions posed to you before you enter the surgery.
- Patients must wear a face covering for their appointment.
- Please come alone to your appointment if possible to reduce the number of people at the practice.
- Please ensure you are able to remove your coat/outer clothing easily to be given the injection in your upper arm.
- We cannot accommodate delivering the shingles and pneumonia vaccines at the same time. Patients can book into these clinics separately with our Nursing team, invites will be sent separately.
Who is eligible for the 2020/21 Flu Vaccine?
Those eligible for the flu vaccine are as follows:
- All patients 6 months to under 65 years in clinical at risk groups, such as lung, heart kidney, liver and neurological disease, diabetes, suppressed immunity.
- Plus those who have recently had to shield during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their immediate family living with them (if they are also our patients).
- Pregnant women.
- Patients over 50 years and above.
- Children aged 2-3 years on 31st August 2020 can be vaccinated at the surgery i.e. born between 1st Sept 2016 & 31st Aug 2018.
- All primary school aged children and Year 7s (1st year at secondary school) will be vaccinated at school. Please contact your schools directly for further information.
- Only “at risk” children aged 7-11 can be vaccinated at the practice.
NEW COHORT: Aged 50-64 none at risk.
Despite the current media coverage, we have not yet had confirmation from NHS England how all the over 50 -64s will be vaccinated this year.
It is likely that the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is this winter and this is subject to sufficient vaccine supplies. The Government are working with manufacturers to increase available supplies and we await further from advise NHSE on when and how we can deliver this flu campaign to this cohort of patients. As soon as we receive this information we will send invitations out to the patients who qualify for the vaccine.
How do I decline my flu vaccine?
If you know you do not want the flu vaccine this year please email the admin team at email@example.com. Please state your name and DOB. Alternatively please ring the sergery on 01422 353450.
This year more than ever this is very important to note your refusal to take up your reserved flu vaccine, as vaccines supplied are expected to be in extremely high demand.
What can I do if I am not eligible for a Flu vaccine this season, how can I get one?
Some patients may also have had a flu vaccine in the past but are not eligible this season. If you would like to be vaccinated, please contact the local pharmacies to see who is offering this service. The charges do vary but are normally between £8-£14.
Please book into a clinic via Patient Access if you are eligible for a flu vaccine.
If you would like to find out more about the flu vaccine for 2020/21, please download the flu vaccination booklet:
For further information on this years Flu Vaccine campaign please click here.