Adult Flu Vaccination Programme 2020

In light of the risk of flu and Covid-19 circulating this winter, we would encourage all eligible patients receive the flu vaccination.

We have had to factor social distancing into our flu vaccination programme this year due to the global pandemic. A new system has been introduced to help keep everybody safe.

We will not be operating a walk in flu clinic this year.  All eligible patients have been sent a flu invitation letter and must pre-book an appointment slot in advance.  We will continue to provide essential home visits for very frail patients to have their flu vaccinations at home/care home. We will be in touch soon to confirm appointment dates.

We are holding flu clinics at the surgery and the programme has been scheduled around vaccination delivery dates. Different flu vaccinations are given to the over 65s and the at risk patients between the ages of 18-64. It is therefore very important that you book into the correct clinic to ensure that the correct vaccine can be administered.

Clinics are being run as follows:

Date Time Clinic Type
Tuesday 29 September 16:00-18:00 Shielded Patients

 

Saturday 10 October 08:30-11:30

12:30-15:30

Patients aged 65 and over
Tuesday 13 October 8:00-12:30

14:00-17:00

Patients aged 65 and over
Saturday 17 October 08:30-11:30

12:30-15:30

Patients aged 18-64 with a long term health condition
Tuesday 20 October 8:00-12:30

14:00-17:00

Patients aged 18-64 with a long term health condition
Saturday 24 October 08:30-11:30

12:30-15:30

Patients aged 65 and over
Tuesday 27 October 8:00-12:30

14:00-17:00

Patients aged 65 and over
Tuesday 3 November 8:00-12:30

14:00-17:00

Patients aged 18-64 with a long term health condition
Saturday 14 November 08:30-11:30

12:30-15:30

Patients aged 65 and over

We strongly encourage patients to book an appointment for the flu vaccine online (preferably via S1 online or the NHS app). We ask that you include the reference number detailed in your letter when booking an appointment.

Alternatively, a mobile number for the specific clinics has been included in each of the invitation letters. Please only call during the times specified in the invitation letter and do not call the reception team for an appointment. Please note that the administrator manning the mobile phone is only able to book appointments for the flu clinic and will not be able to help with any other queries.

It is important that you remember to bring your invitation letter when you attend your appointment. Your letter contains a barcode which will need to be scanned so that information is automatically entered onto your record. If you do not bring your letter with you, we will be unable to provide you with the vaccination and this will need to be arranged at a later date.

If you have symptoms of a high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell or taste, you must not attend your appointment.

• Walk in patients will not be permitted this year.
• Appointments are pre-bookable only. We would prefer you to book online via S1 online or NHS app.
• If this is not possible call the dedicated mobile number (in invitation letter) during the specified periods.
• If you are from the same household and are in the same age group, please try to book your appointments simultaneously so that you are vaccinated at the same time.
• Only the person having the vaccination will be allowed to enter the premises (unless assistance is required).
• There is no parking available for flu clinics.
• It is important that you attend at your appointment time (not early or late). We want to minimise the number of people waiting at any one time.
• You must wear a face covering.
• We are operating a strict one way system through the building. You will not be seen in a consultation room but vaccinated outside the consulting room.
• You should wear a short sleeved or loose fitting top so that your upper arm is easily exposed for the vaccine.
• The vaccine will always be delivered in your left arm. If you cannot have the vaccination in your left arm, please make the clinician aware as you approach the vaccination station.
• You will enter the clinic via the main entrance and leave via the rear entrance of the surgery.
• You must remember to bring your invitation letter. This has a barcode which will need to be scanned as you leave the building. If you do not bring your letter, we will not be able to vaccinate you.
• Our staff will be wearing PPE, washing and sanitising hands in between patients.
• Please respect our staff, we will not tolerate any form of abuse and have put these measures in place for your safety. Anyone who does not adhere to the above or is found to be abusive to staff will be asked to leave and will not be vaccinated.
• Due to the constraints, our staff will not be able to help with any other queries on these days. Please do not ask staff to help with letters, prescriptions, sample bottles or anything else unrelated to your flu vaccine.

How to Decline

If you have already decided that you do not want the vaccine this year, please let us know so that your vaccine can be offered to someone else who needs it. This year, more than ever, this is very important as the vaccine supplies are limited and demand is expected to be high.

There is a dissent form at the bottom of your invitation letter that can be signed and returned to the practice. Alternatively email E82075.regalchamberssurgery@nhs.net stating that you do not wish to receive the flu vaccine (please include your name and date of birth).