Winter Flu Vaccine Clinics

This year’s flu clinics will be managed slightly differently due to Covid-19.

Below are the details of eligibility, how to book your appointment, and details of what to expect when you arrive for your appointment.

If you are booked into a flu clinic it is important that you familiarise yourself with the information below before arriving for your appointment.

 

Eligibility

You can have the vaccine in our first round of clinics if you:

  • are 65 years old or over (on 31st March 2021, ie you were born on
  • or before 31st March 1956)
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another
  • long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an
  • elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • live with someone who's at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS
  • shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter

Later in the year, the flu vaccine *may* be available for free to 50-64-year-olds, depending on supplies available.

See the NHS website for full details of who should have the flu vaccine

 

Booking your appointment

We currently have flu clinics scheduled for the following dates:

  • Saturday 21st November

Please note we have reserved a number of appointments for Shielded (very High Risk) only patients.

If you fall into one of the eligible categories above, you can book your appointment online (over 18 years only) via the NHS app or patient access – please email buryknowle@nhs.net if you require access details to create an account for these services) or by calling the practice and speaking to one of our patient services team.

Please avoid our busy times by calling between 10.30am-12pm or after 2pm Tuesday – Friday

 

On the day arrangements

On the day of the appointment if have any of the following symptoms you must not come to the practice, you must call the following week to rearrange:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff we will require you to follow the following instructions:

  • Ensure a face covering is worn at all times
  • If you live locally and are mobile please come on foot
  • Where possible we would advise patients to attend appointment alone
  • Arrive at the time of your appointment, please do not arrive early
  • You may need to queue outside so please be prepared to stand in the cold or rain
  • When you enter the building you will need to remove your outer layers so that the top of your arm is exposed ready for your injection
  • You will asked to queue at a safe distance from other patients
  • You will be called to the next available clinician, regardless of who you are booked in with
  • Your injection will be administered at a consulting room door, you will not need to enter the room and will be asked wherever possible to have your injection whilst standing up
  • You will then be asked to leave through the back door of the practice to ensure that we have a safe one-way system in place
  • On arrival you will also be offered a shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccine if you are eligible

We will try to operate this efficiently as possible to minimise waiting times but please come prepared with comfortable shoes in case you need to stand for longer than normal.

Please note we will not be dealing with any other queries (medical or otherwise) during these clinic times

Published: Sep 10, 2020