Influenza Vaccination 2020/21 – Provisional Dates – Subject to change
During this challenging time, this information is subject to change. Occasionally the companies that supply vaccines to the NHS make changes to delivery dates. Shotfield Medical Practice have no control over this. If this does happen, we aim to inform you as quickly as possible to limit any inconvenience.
Save the Date
All appointments for Flu jabs must be pre-booked – we aim to open the bookings for the Flu clinics in mid September after the flu vaccination invitations (normally via text or phone call) have been sent out to all eligible patients.
Saturday Flu clinics:
Monday – Friday nurse appointments for adult flu jabs to start: 28/09/20
Further Saturday flu clinics may be scheduled for the 31/10/20 and 14/11/20 but are yet to be confirmed, please keep checking the website for updates.
UPDATE JULY 2020: Changes to eligibility criteria for the flu vaccine
The media have made announcements that more patients will be eligible for a flu jab this year, including all people aged over 50.
However, the government have not yet notified or provided general practice with any advice or guidance on how this will be achieved. We have not been informed if there is adequate vaccine stock nationally or what measures will be put into place to ensure safe working practices if half of the entire UK population need to be vaccinated as proposed. At present we are awaiting further information and will update this webpage when this has been received. In the meantime, please do not contact us to make enquiries or book any flu jabs.
Child Flu Vaccination / Nasal Spray
Delivery dates are still to be confirmed by the manufacturer: usually late September / early October.
· 2-3 years old on 31/08/2020 (dob 1/9/2016 – 31/08/2018)
· Children of any age in an at risk category.
Children in primary school (date of birth between September 1st 2009 and August 31st 2016 inclusive) will be invited separately and vaccinated at school – please contact the school directly with any queries.
Who is eligible for the flu vaccination?
(Please note this list is not exhaustive and is subject to change during the COVID-19 pandemic)
· Adults 65 and over (or turning 65 before 31/03/2021)
· Pregnant women – at any stage of pregnancy
· Children aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2020
· Children in primary school (vaccination will be given at school)
· Health care workers, social care workers, carers (paid or informal)
· Household members of immunocompromised individuals
· Those living in residential homes
Children and adults with any of the following long term conditions are also eligible:
· Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
· Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
· Chronic kidney disease
· Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
· Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
· Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
· A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
· Being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
If you are not eligible for a free NHS flu jab but wish to pay to have one privately then please contact your local pharmacy who will be able to assist you.
Keeping You Safe – COVID-19 Precautions – How will the Flu clinics work this year?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions will mean we have to carry out our flu clinics differently this year. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.
· All staff will be wearing appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) and are fully trained in infection prevention and control.
· All eligible patients will receive an invite by either text, phone call or letter.
· Once you receive your invite, you will need to ring us to book into an appointment time slot for a flu jab.
· If you are generally unwell, have a fever or any coronavirus symptoms, you must NOT attend. (Online visit 111.nhs.uk if you feel unwell and have Coronavirus symptoms, alternatively you can phone 111 if you don’t have internet access, for more general information you can also visit www.nhs.uk).
· Please arrive at your booked appointment time - do not attend more than 5 minutes early / late or at a random time – this is to prevent overcrowding and allow social distancing.
· You will need to wear a face covering / mask which covers BOTH your nose and mouth (if possible please also bring some hand sanitizer for your own personal use).
· You will need to queue with strict social distancing using a one-way route through the building – signs / tape will be in place, just like at the supermarket.
· You might be asked to queue outside the building so please dress appropriately for the weather.
· Severely frail or disabled patients will be fast tracked into the building so that they do not need to stand outside.
· Once in the building you will need to sanitize your hands and remove enough clothing to expose the top of one arm for your injection. Please do this whilst waiting to be called by the doctor / nurse.
· You can reapply your clothing / coat as you walk towards the designated exit.
· If you are eligible, Shingles and Pneumococcal vaccinations can be given at the same time as your flu jab, there is no need to book an additional appointment for these vaccinations.
· No other health issues, medications or appointments can be discussed during flu jab appointments / clinics – this is to ensure the flu clinics run to time to prevent overcrowding.