Flu Clinics during Covid-19

We will be managing our flu clinics slightly differently this year given the Covid-19 situation. Please see below for details of eligibility, how to book your appointment, and details of what to expect when you arrive for your appointment.

If you are booked into a flu clinic it is important that you familiarise yourself with the on-the-day arrangements before arriving for your appointment.

Eligibility

You can have the vaccine in our first round of clinics if you:

  • are 65 years old or over (on 31st March 2021, ie you were born on or before 31st March 1956)
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • live with someone who's at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter

Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be available for free to 50-64-year-olds, depending on supplies available. However, given In the meantime though we would encourage you to get the vaccine privately from your local pharmacy as soon as possible. You will need to pay a small fee for this service.

See the NHS website for full details of who should have the flu vaccine: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

Booking your appointment

We currently have flu clinics scheduled for the following dates:

  • Saturday 24th October

If you fall into one of the eligible categories above, you can book your appointment online via the NHS app or patient access, or by calling the practice and speaking to one of our reception team.

On the day arrangements

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff we will require you to follow the following instructions:

  • On the day of the appointment if have any of the following symptoms you must not come to the practice, you must call the following week to rearrange:
    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell
  • If you live locally and are mobile please come on foot
  • Arrive at the time of your appointment, please do not arrive early
  • You must wear a face covering at all times
  • You may need to queue outside so please be prepared to stand in the cold or rain
  • When you enter the building you will need to remove your outer layers so that the top of your arm is exposed ready for your injection
  • You will asked to queue at a safe distance from other patients
  • You will be called to the next available clinician, regardless of who you are booked in with
  • Your injection will be administered at a consulting room door, you will not need to enter the room and will be asked wherever possible to have your injection whilst standing up
  • You will then be asked to leave through the back door of the practice to ensure that we have a safe one-way system in place

We will try to operate this efficiently as possible to minimise waiting times but please come prepared with comfortable shoes in case you need to stand for longer than normal.

We will be operating a separate process on the day for people with mobility issues. If you fall into this category please let reception know when booking your appointment, and please flag to one of our marshals when you arrive on the day.