As with last year, everyone over the age of 50 will be eligible this year.
Will I receive a Covid-19 booster vaccination at the same time?
The NHS is awaiting the decisions of the JCVI on how a Covid-19 booster programme would be run, including whether a booster can be given at the same time as a flu vaccination. We would also expect that boosters would be offered to eligible patients at different times depending on age for example.
Locally we are awaiting news on whether we will be able to offer boosters, or whether patients will be vaccinated elsewhere.
So at the moment we are booking flu-only clinics. If we can offer boosters at the same time then we will.
How do I arrange to be vaccinated?
We have always operated an appointment-based clinic system and the same is true again this year. So the process of booking an appointment will be very familiar. Appointments are available to book online. Alternatively telephone reception on 01434 603627 but please make your call in an afternoon when our lines are less busy.
We will also be calling some patients to arrange their appointment if they haven't already done so. Text reminders and posted letters will also be used as needed as we have done in previous years.
The majority of vaccines will be administered in our mass vaccination clinics but we will also be holding some smaller clinics mid-week.
When are the mass vaccination clinics?
We will be holding 4 Saturday mass vaccination clinics:
Saturday 18th September (available to book now)
Saturday 2nd October (available to book now)
Saturday 16th October (appointments will be opened up soon)
Saturday 30th October (appointments will be opened up soon)
What is a mass vaccination clinic?
We will be vaccinating large numbers of people over the course of a day. We will do this on a Saturday so that there will be no other patients in the building and our team can give all of their time to the clinic.
Vaccinations will take place in the waiting room. We will have a one-way system in operation with staff positioned at various points to direct patients.
Patients are asked to review the following information to help us ensure the clinic runs smoothly:
Only patients with a booked flu vaccination appointment should attend. Vaccination is by appointment only.
Please wear a face covering unless you are exempt
Please arrive at your appointment time - not early or late.
You will be met at the entrance by a member of staff and will wait outside until we are ready for you.
The handwash sinks will not be in use on the day, instead hand gel will be provided and can be used on entry and exit
Our reception desk will not be in use. On entry there will be a check-in table with staff on hand to check you in.
A one-way system around the waiting room will be in operation.
If you are with your spouse/partner you can stay together and be vaccinated at the same time.
It is really important that you dress appropriately for your vaccination.
You will be called forward to a vaccination station to receive your vaccination. Your flu vaccine will be given into your upper arm so that needs to be uncovered ready for vaccination before you reach the vaccination station.
There is no need to wait in the surgery after your vaccination.
All staff will be wearing appropriate PPE and we will be closely following the guidelines provided by NHS England.
If you have a history of fainting when being vaccinated or you know you can't stand in a queue for example, then consider booking your appointment in an alternate clinic.
Please check our website prior to setting off. Any last-minute notices will be posted on the home page.
Our team will be working hard all day to deliver a safe and speedy vaccination clinic with minimal queuing. While we have planned the clinic as best we can we appreciate your patience if there are any unforeseen hold-ups on the day.
Will it be safe to attend the surgery?
We would like to reassure all patients that your safety and that of our staff is our overriding priority.
We have a range of measures in place to reduce the risks from Covid-19 from enhanced cleaning, PPE and social distancing.
Every year our housebound patients receive their vaccination at home and this year will be no different.
What if I am unwell on the day?
If you have any reason to believe that you may have covid-19 infection, please do not attend for your appointment. We will happily rearrange your appointment. Just get in touch at a later date.
What about children?
As in previous years we will also be vaccinating children aged 2-3 years with a nasal spray along with older children who are in a clinical risk group and not included in the school-based programme. This year the school programme has been extended to include all children from reception to year 9.
Unlike the adult vaccines which we order ourselves a year in advance, the nasal spray is allocated to us centrally and delivered in small quantities. So as in previous years we will be in contact to arrange vaccination as supplies are received.
Which vaccines are you using?
For the vast majority of children aged 2-17 years we will be using Fluenz Tetra as in previous years. For a few children who cannot have a live vaccine we will be using an alternative injectable vaccine.
For adult patients aged 18-64 we have two vaccines on order (Influvac and Flucelvax). Flucelvax can also be given to patients aged 65+ though we would routinely use Fluad for this group. Fluad is specifically for people aged 65+ and contains an adjuvant which is added to boost the immune response.