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FLU VACCINATION PLANS 2020
Posted on 29 Sep 2020
FLU VACCINATION PLANS 2020
As you can imagine, the flu vaccination season this year is going to be very challenging with the addition of extra eligible age groups and the current coronavirus situation meaning social distancing measures need to be put in place. There are also delays in deliveries of some of the vaccinations.
The practice has had to think very carefully about the safest and most appropriate way to administer vaccines to these eligible groups whilst also prioritising those at greatest risk.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE PRACTICE REGARDING YOUR FLU VACCINATION. These calls are clogging our already very busy telephone system. Our receptionists are currently unable to book patients into flu clinics. PLEASE be assured that if you are eligible for a vaccine you will be contacted directly, via phone call, text and/or invitation letter in the coming weeks. We ask that you remain patient as with over 3,500 eligible patients this year this is a mammoth task!
With all this in mind, these are our current plans for the coming weeks, but note they may be subject to change depending on the progress of the coronavirus situation:
High Risk Patients OVER the age of 65 who had been shielding (approx 100 patients) have already started to be invited into to set clinics in the practice - we will telephone these patients directly over the next couple of weeks to book them into these clinics.
The remaining patients OVER 65 will be invited to 2 clinics at Queen Edith Chapel on Weds 14th & Wednesday 21st October. It will work differently to previous years as we need to ensure patients are staggered through the day so we will be splitting them up into time slots - likely by Surname. There will be a strict one way system and we will not be able to have information stalls or refreshments. NO OTHER AGE GROUPS WILL BE INVITED TO THESE CLINICS. Strictly by invitation only, no drop-in. Invitation letters will be sent out to patients in the next couple of weeks but please be aware they may only arrive a day or two before the clinics.
We will not be receiving any vaccines for UNDER 65s until the second week of October.
A Saturday Morning Clinic for Highest-Risk patients and other PRIORITY groups UNDER 65 (Carers, pregnant women etc) is provisionally planned for 17th October. Again, details to follow and strictly by invitation only, not drop in. This date may be subject to change.
All other patients UNDER 65 who are eligible for a CLINICAL reason will be invited into set clinics at the practice through November, as and when vaccines are available.
Eligible children (2-3year olds) and those with a CLINICAL risk will be invited into clinics in surgery - no dates yet set for these but likely end October/early November.
Patients aged 50-64years old without a clinical risk will not become eligible until AT LEAST Nov or Dec and will only be vaccinated if vaccines are available as per guidance from NHSE.
We are still awaiting further guidance re vaccinating family members of those who were shielding.
We understand this is a lot of information to take in, but this is going to be a very complicated year! The practice very much appreciates your patience during these challenging times.