As autumn approaches in the coming months, 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, but they will still be held at our surgery. If you are unsure if you are eligible for a flu vaccination, please read the information at the bottom of this page.
Information about flu vaccine supplies
For more information on why you may have been asked to wait before having your flu vaccine, please read the ‘Why am I being asked to wait to have my flu vaccine?’ information document.
Our walk-in flu clinic will be taking place on
Due to unprecedented demand and limited supply of influenza vaccines (That is not within our control) we are making some changes to the next Flu Clinic taking place on:
- Saturday 10th October morning
We can confirm that tomorrow’s Flu Clinic is going ahead for OVER 65′ AND CHILDREN AGED 2-3.
This clinic is being run by appointment only. Due to limited stock availability beyond our control, appointments are being booked on a first come first served basis. Appointments are being booked fast, so we apologise in advance if appointments become full before you call Reception. Please call us on 01344 773 418.
For those patients who are not on social media, we have informed them via a different route concerning tomorrow’s flu clinic.
Please be assured we will be organising further appointments when further stock arrives. Our aim is to make sure that all of our patients who are eligible for a flu vaccination get what they are entitled to.
Under 65’s vaccines for eligible people did not arrive this week unfortunately. We have now been told they should arrive mid to end October. We will organise further clinics when they have been delivered and we will advise you about this to avoid any disappointment.
Please be aware that vaccines are ordered one year in advance from several pharmaceutical companies. Deliveries are staggered to allow for fair distribution between GP surgeries and pharmacies and we have no control over when and how much vaccine they supply us with.
We have also updated our Surgery Facebook Page. Click here to ‘Like it’ and receive updates https://www.facebook.com/nwrsurgery (Please note that our policy is not to reply to any comments on our Facebook page as it is for information sharing purposes only).
Thank you for your understanding.
Attending the surgery
Please ensure you wear a face covering to the flu clinic.
Our patient car park will be designated as our social distancing queuing area. Appropriate signage will be in place and members of our Patient Group will be checking temperatures (via non-contact thermometers) before entering the building. If you have a temperature above 37.8 degrees please do not come for your vaccination.
We will be using a one way system. Entry will be via the main entrance and exit will be via the disabled side door. We will allow up to 4 patients into the building at a time.
You no longer need to print a consent form – your attendance at the clinic implies consent which the clinician will check with you on arrival . If you have a severe allergy to eggs or have reacted in the past to the flu vaccine, please make sure you let the clinician know when you have your vaccine.
No parking will be allowed in our patient car cark for the safety of our queuing patients and patient group. Please park carefully and considerately along New Wokingham Road or nearby streets.
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
- People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in Primary School
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
Please note that primary school children and Year 7 children will have it at school not at the surgery.
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 -64
For 50-64 year olds and pregnant women, we will be announcing further dates in the next two weeks, once we have received guidance from the Government.