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 are holding Saturday Flu ClinicsAM and PM on the 3rd, 10th and 17th October. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff. The safety of our patients and staff is paramount and we ask that you please bear with us during these challenging times.
Please do not arrive early for your appointment as a queuing system will be in place and all patients will all have their temperature checked using an infrared thermometer before coming into the building. Three clinics will run concurrently and there will be a one way system in operation. Staff will be in place to direct you around the building ensuring safety and distance at all times.
In addition to the Saturday clinics we will hold clinics with our nurses from Monday to Friday throughout the coming weeks and months. Please call our reception team to book an appointment.
This year the flu vaccine is being offer 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
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. These dates and times will be announced on our website.