This year, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the government have made changes to the eligibility criteria for the flu vaccine; due to the strict health and safety measures currently in place, we need to run our clinics differently to ensure we can keep our patients and staff safe at this time. Please read the below carefully before booking into a clinic:
All our clinics will be available to book online via Patient Access. Please register for Patient Access if you do not have an online account already.
Our clinics will run in a clinical priority order and will become available online for booking from mid-August to the end of November (approximately), so please continue to check back online if a clinic is fully booked.
You will be booked into a specific timed appointment and it is essential you arrive on time for that appointment. If you do not arrive for the time you book, you may be asked to re-book another time. Please join the queue at your appointment time. This is so that we can ensure we do not have big groups of patients congregating outside the surgeries and can maintain social distance safely.
You will be asked to queue outside at 2 metre intervals and your name will be checked off a register by a member of staff so we have a record of your attendance. Patients must wear a face covering for their appointment. Please come alone to your appointment if possible to reduce the number of people at the practice. Please ensure you are able to remove your coat/outer clothing easily to be given the injection in your upper arm.
There are different vaccines for over 65yrs and under 65yrs so please ensure you book the correct clinic. We cannot accommodate both vaccines in one clinic.
Who is eligible for the 2020/21 Flu Vaccine?
Those eligible for the flu vaccine are as follows:
- All patients 6 months to under 65 years in clinical at risk groups, such as lung, heart kidney, liver and neurological disease, diabetes, suppressed immunity. Plus those who have recently had to shield during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their immediate family living with them (if they are also our patients).
- Pregnant women.
- Patients over 65 years (or those turning 65 before 31st March 2021).
- Children aged 2-3 years on 31st August 2020 can be vaccinated at the surgery i.e. born between 1st Sept 2016 & 31st Aug 2018.
- All primary school aged children and Year 7s (1st year at secondary school) will be vaccinated at school. Please contact your schools directly for further information.
Despite the current media coverage, we have not yet had confirmation from NHS England if all over 50s are also to be eligible to be vaccinated this year. We will be contacting all our patients via text message with any updates, so please look out for these. Some patients may also have had a flu vaccine in the past but are not eligible this season. If you would like to be vaccinated, please contact the local pharmacies to see who is offering this service. The charges do vary but are normally between £8-£14.
Please book into a clinic via Patient Access if you are eligible for a flu vaccine.
If you would like to find out more about the flu vaccine for 2020/21, please download the flu vaccination booklet: