Find out about our Flu Vaccinations for 2020.
If you require a flu jab, please phone the surgery to book your appointment.
As you will be aware, there has been considerable discussion in the press around this year’s flu vaccination programme because of the implications from COVID-19.
The government strongly advises that everyone who is eligible for a free vaccination takes up the offer to avoid widespread flu outbreaks while we continue to deal with the Coronavirus. It is everyone’s responsibility to be vaccinated, not only to protect them from illness, but also to protect others by not spreading the flu virus in the community, which in turn protects the NHS as a whole.
Who Is Eligible For The Vaccine?
We are delivering our flu vaccine programme to an expanded range of patients this year:
- All over 65’s.
- All patients at risk due to a medical condition (see full list of eligible conditions below).
- Children aged 2–11y (but not yet 12y) on 31 August 2020.
- Healthcare workers & care home workers (see full list of eligible conditions below)
- NEW: Patients who were ‘shielding’ and any person who permanently shares a residence with a shielding patient.
- NEW: Patients aged 50–64y. The Government aim to further extend the vaccine programme in November and December to include the 50-64 year old age group subject to vaccine supply. This group will not be vaccinated until all the higher risk groups have been given the opportunity to be vaccinated.
How Will We Deliver The Vaccine Programme?
We have been planning how to do this with the additional safety measures required due to the challenges of COVID-19: social distancing, infection control, PPE requirements and consideration of alternative sites to run the clinics. Our aim is to mitigate risks and deliver an effective and timely vaccination programme to protect our eligible and at risk patients.
Drive Through Flu Clinics – 10th & 18th October 2020, 09:00-15:00
This Is The Safest Way To Have Your Flu Jab This Year!
We will be running 2 flu clinics at Cirencester College, Stroud Road – Main Entrance.
- Drive through clinic – no need to leave your car
- Timed slots throughout the day to minimise waits
- Staff will follow national PPE and infection control guidance
Vaccinations At The Surgery
Due To Social Distancing We Cannot Offer Flu Jabs To All At The Surgery
There will be a limited number of appointments available for those patients who cannot drive or be driven to Cirencester College. These will be strictly by appointment only and you will be advised which site to attend at the time of booking. We recommend you take advantage of the Drive Through Flu Clinics as they are the safest option available. Please contact reception for further advice.
What We Ask Of Our Patients
When travelling to and from your appointment, please follow government guidelines and maintain social distancing measures at all times.
Please wear a mask or suitable face covering.
Please arrive on time for your appointment and allow a little extra time as we follow infection control measures between patients.
Please wear suitable clothing to be able to expose the top of your arm easily.
Please follow the instructions given by staff and leave promptly using the marked routes. These are in place for your safety to reduce the risk of infection spread.
Do not attend if you are feeling unwell in any way.
What Can You Do Now?
If possible take advantage of the Drive Through Flu Clinic and book your appointment today.
If you do not drive consider asking someone else to bring you to the Drive Through Flu Clinic (we are able to vaccinate multiple people in one car).
Below is a full list of all those eligible for the free flu vaccination on the NHS this year (2020/2021):
- All children aged two to eleven (but not yet twelve) on 31 August 2020
- Aged 65 years or over (including those turning 65 years by 31 March 2021)
- Aged from six months to under 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group with:
Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, COPD or bronchitis.
Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure.
Chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five.
Chronic liver disease.
Chronic neurological disease, e.g. Parkinson’s or motor neurone disease.
- A 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 who become pregnant during flu season).
- Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient 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 prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).
- 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/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/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/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.