Flu Vaccinations 2020

Now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free jab 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.

Due to issues with Social Distancing at Belmont. All clinics will be held at our Main Site – Benhill Avenue.

We are holding clinics for BOOKED appointments every Saturday and one weekday throughout October at Benhill. We are directly contacting our patients, however please contact reception to speak to our flu team and book your appointment.

We started on 18th September we will be holding clinics for our clinically vulnerable patients who have been shielding from coronavirus. These patients will be amongst the first to be contacted by us.This is so we can prioritise the members of our community who are the most vulnerable.

These clinics will be by invitation only.If you are on our shielding list, you will receive a telephone call to book an appointment or alternatively you can call reception and speak to our flu team to book an appointment.

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
  • Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • Children in Primary School– via school programmes
  • Children in Year 7 (secondary school)– Via school programmes
  • Frontline health or social care workers– Via registered GP.
  • Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 – 64 and People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)

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 announcedwhen we have further information from NHSE and will beon our website.

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

Children’s flu Vaccine – NHS UK

Flu vaccine FAQs – NHS UK

Vaccination tips for parents – NHS UK

Benhill and Belmont will be running their flu campaign very differently this year due to Coronavirus. This is to comply with the latest government guidance and to enable us to maintain the safety of all our patients and staff.

  • There will NOT be any walk in clinics and all vaccinations will be pre-booked appointments.
  • There will not be any clinics held at our Belmont site as we are unable to maintain safe social distancing. Subsequently all clinics will be held at our Benhill site.
  • The Flu season will be divided into two phases. PHASE 1 – will commence on 19/9/2020 immediately after our first vaccine delivery. PHASE 2 – Dates to be confirmed.

PHASE 1 – Patient Cohorts:

Children aged 2/3

Patients over 65 Years of age

Patients under 65 Years of age with a Long Term Condition or medical condition that indicates a vaccination is required

Pregnant Patients

Patients who have been vaccinated before previously

Carers

PHASE 2 – Patient Cohorts – Awaiting further guidance form NHS England, and dates are still to be confirmed.

Patients aged 50 -64

Family of shielding patients

If you are entitled to a flu vaccine we are currently contacting all our patients to make appointments, this is a huge feat as this includes over 2500 patients. Alternatively you can contact reception and ask for an appointment and one of our flu team will arrange this for you. Due to the change in process this year, all patients need to be screened before booking and be made aware of Coronavirus precautions. This is again for the safety of all our patients and staff. We ask you to read the guidelines below before you attend for your flu vaccination.

  • All flu vaccinations will be given by appointment only. Patients must make an appointment and there will be no walk in style clinics this year.
  • Please arrive at your appointment time, you will not be seen early or late and may be asked to come back at your allocated time or rebook if you do not.
  • Please attend on your own, unless you need a family member or carer to assist you.
  • Please be aware that there will be no toilet facilities available for patients unless you have a disability.
  • You will be asked to clean your hands using antibacterial hand sanitiser on entry to the building. If you are wearing gloves you will be asked to remove these.
  • Please be prepared to wait outside regardless of the weather until it is safe for you to enter, maintaining a social distance of 2 metres at all times.
  • Do not attend for your flu vaccination if you have symptoms of a fever, cough, loss of taste or smell. If you have any of these symptoms you should always self-isolate and arrange a Coronavirus test by calling 119.
  • You must wear a face covering whilst waiting and inside the building.
  • Please try not to bring coats, bags or other items into the surgery when you attend. When you see the doctor or nurse, please have your sleeve rolled up ready to receive your flu vaccination. This will assist with minimal contact in the clinical room.
  • You will enter through the front of the building and exit through the back door of the building, please ensure you keep all your belongings with you and maintain a social distance.
  • The clinicians or staff will not be able to deal with any other queries or issues whilst attending for your vaccination. You will need to call reception to discuss anything else.
  • Please be reassured that all staff working at the clinic will be wearing full Personal Protective Clothing (PPE) in line with the latest national guidance.

If you have any further questions, please contact reception for additional advice.