We will be offering a flu vaccination to all of our eligible patients this year.
We will be running our clinics to ensure that we follow current COVID guidelines.
Our first delivery of vaccines will be due week commencing 18th October. This delivery date may change, but we hope not! We will make appointments available to book as soon as we have final confirmation from our suppliers as we don’t want to have to disappoint patients and have to reschedule hundreds of appointments.
The clinics will be busy and will be flu vaccinations only. We won’t be offering any other services during the clinics, and will be unable to deal with other queries. It’s very important that we keep the patient flow moving.
Clinics will be held on Saturdays. Dates will be available once our delivery dates are confirmed, and you will need to book an appointment.
We will text our eligible patients, put up posters in our windows, update our website and Facebook page as soon as appointments are available to be booked.
We hope that patients will be able to book their appointment using the AskFirst app and are currently in discussion with them about this. This will mean that patients won’t need to telephone us to book an appointment unless they don’t have access to the app. More news to follow.
We will be giving flu vaccines at all of our care homes and to our housebound patients, and will schedule these around both our stock and staff availability.
Children’s flu vaccines will be given for those who are eligible and included in the GP vaccination programme.
- Age 2 and 3 but not 4 on 31st August 2021
- Children in a clinical at risk group as shown below
There will be a COVID vaccination booster programme happening during the autumn running alongside the flu vaccines. Our plan is that the COVID booster vaccines will be given at the Guttman Stadium by our local team, with GP Practices running their own flu clinics due to differing delivery dates. Further information is required from NHSE and JCVI around the COVID booster programme before the details can be finalised, but we will keep you updated as information becomes available to us.
In 2021 to 2022, influenza vaccinations will be offered under the NHS influenza immunisation programme to the following groups:
- all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
- people aged 50 years or over (including those becoming age 50 years by 31 March 2022)
- those aged from 6 months to less than 50 years of age, in a clinical risk group such as those with:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma (requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the influenza season)
- household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
- people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school years 7 to 11)
- those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care or nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients or clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza
- health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients or clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza
- health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users
For more information, please see the The Flu Vaccination Leaflet.
When will the first flu jabs be?
We have received comms today from our flu vaccine supplier to inform us that the deliveries we expected w/c 11th Oct will now be delayed 1-2 weeks, and they won’t be able to confirm the actual delivery date until 7 days prior to it. This means our flu clinic planning is very challenging, and we won’t be able to release appointments for booking until we have a confirmed delivery date. As soon as we have this date we will let you know. Thank you for your continuing support and understanding that some of these issues are totally out of our control. We will do our utmost to get our flu vaccination clinics up and running as soon as we possibly can.