FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2020
The flu season will run very differently this year due to social distancing and current guidelines set out by Public Health England for all Medical Centres. You will be given a specific time for your appointment. It’s important you adhere to the timings or you may be turned away, to ensure we respect the safety of other patients and staff due to COVID-19.
If you are shielding we recommend you book into one of our early slots before 10.30am which have been reserved specifically for shielding patients. If you need to book at other times, you will be seen alongside non-shielding patients. However, social distancing rules will be applied at all times both in the building and outside. We are not able to see non-shielding patients until after 10.30 this year due to the increased risk to those who need to shield. Because of the requirement for social distancing and infection control we will not be offering flu clinics on any other days.
- Please ensure you wear a face covering to your appointment.
- Please cancel your appointment if you develop any COVID symptoms within the 14 days prior to your appointment.
The following patients are eligible and able to book in (this will be extended when we are informed about our vaccine supply dates for other ages and groups):
- Carers (providing they are registered with us as a carer)
- Patients with chronic diseases
- Asthma patients using an inhaler currently
Dates are now available to book in:
Holsworthy & Stratton:
Over 65s – Saturday September 26th
Over 65s and Under 65s in eligible groups – Saturday October 10th
Under 65s in eligible groups – Saturday October 24th
Hatherleigh (at the Community Centre):
Over and under 65 in eligible groups – Saturday October 17th
Children's flu vaccinations will be provided at school for children aged 4-11. We will be running clinics for 2-3 year olds and those children aged 12-17 who fall into one of the at risk groups. We will be in touch with parents once we have received the vaccines.
In line with NHS guidance Patients aged 50-64 who do not fall into an at risk group will be invited in November once the over 65s and at risk patient vaccination programme has been completed, if you fall into this group you don't have to do anything yet.