Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/2021
As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu vaccination. This year, the free vaccination will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.
The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.
In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu jab to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.
We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff. The clinic will be a walk through clinic and you will be required to wait outside the building until you are called for vaccination. You will be requested to wear a face covering.
Starting on the 5th October, we will be holding clinics for our clinically vulnerable patients.
These clinics will by appointment only. If you fall within one of the following categories, please contact the practice for an appointment.
Current clinic dates are as follows:
For persons aged 65 years and over
- 5th October
- 6th October
- 7th October
- 12th October
- 13th October
- 14th October
- 15th October
- 16th October.
For persons with certain medical conditions:
- 8th October – FULL
- 9th October – FULL
- 17th October – FULL
Please visit the NHS Website – Who should have the flu vaccine? to see whether you are eligible.
For children aged between 2 years and 3 years on 31st August 2020:
- 22nd September.
- 10th and 24th October.
This year the flu vaccine is being offer on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions(including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Pregnant women- to be delivered by the maternity services
- People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in Primary School – to be delivered by the school nursing service.
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school) – to be delivered by the school nursing service.
- Frontline health or social care workers
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 – 64
Clinics for the new 2020 cohort of eligible patients aged 50-64, who do not have an ‘at risk condition’ (see NHS UK) will follow soon. These dates and times will be announced on our website but we understand that this will not be until November. We will confirm dates once we have clarification from NHS England regarding the delivery of the vaccine for this cohort of people.
External websites for further information:
- Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England – National Flu Immunisation Programme 2020 – 2021
- NHS UK Who should have the flu vaccine?
- Flu vaccine overview– NHS UK
- NHS UK – Flu vaccine FAQs
- NHS UK Vaccination tips for parents