Winter Flu Campaign 2021
Last year saw the success of our largest ever flu vaccination campaign as well as the design and implementation of a new and complex Covid Vaccination programme. We are grateful to our colleagues, patients and carers for their part in supporting this lifesaving endeavour.
We are encouraging all eligible patients to take up this offer of vaccination. Last year saw a low circulation of flu in the community, so it is feared that natural immunity may have waned. This, combined with the potential to catch Covid and Flu at the same time make it all the more important to be appropriately vaccinated.
Who is Eligible?
- Adults over 65 years old (with patients over 50 to be vaccinated later in the season)
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- Pregnant women
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2021
- Children in primary school (predominantly vaccinated by the school nurses)
- Frontline health or social care workers
All eligible patients will receive an invitation letter, text or call from the surgery. These are scheduled to go out to patients throughout September. If you do not receive an invitation as expected by October, please contact the surgery to confirm your eligibility.
How are we vaccinating patients this year?
Due to the announcement of the covid booster campaign, we are changing our plans for the flu campaign. We hope to offer both vaccnines together at prebooked appointments. We will call and text patients inviting you to book via a apppointment as you become eligible.
Vaccine delivery dates
Each year NHS England and Public Health England release guidance regarding the different vaccines available and which should be used for each group of patients. This year, there are 2 main types of vaccines recommended based on the latest scientific evidence as to which will be most effective for the strains expected to be circulating. We order these from suppliers and they have varying dates when they are available to the surgery. Our expected delivery dates are as follows, and these inform when we can host drop-in clinics.
- For Patients over 65 - Delivery end of September
- For At-risk adults under 65 & patients over 50 - Delivery middle of October
- For Children - Delivery early September
Precautions against Covid-19
Whether you attend a drop-in session or booked appointment, we will be following strict infection prevention & control procedures and asking patients to socially distance. If attending a drop-in surgery there will be attendants in the car park helping patients queue safely. No matter how many people attend at once, social distancing will be maintained inside and outside of the surgery.
The clinician administering your flu jab will keep contact to a minimum and all staff will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitising regularly. Vaccinations will be given whilst you are standing if possible, and regrettably there will not be much opportunity for conversation. Please don't expect any queries not relating to the vaccination to be answered.
Weather permitting we may be able to offer patients the opportunity to be vaccinated without entering the surgery, although this will always be an option to maintain privacy - we would like patients to have the option.
To help us we ask that patients:
- Do not attend if they are unwell with Covid-19 symptoms - Call us for an alternative date
- Bring their invitation letter with them when they attend for their vaccination
- Attend during their allocated time slot.
- Follow the social distancing guides and pathway though the surgery as directed by a member of the team upon arrival.
- Dress appropriately for the weather, but please wear a vest or T-shirt so that a shoulder is readily available for vaccination.
- Wear a face covering if you are able to do so.
- Come alone if possible (unless attending with someone who is also receiving the vaccination.)