Flu vaccinations -  Updates & Information

 

Update: 21st September 2020

We have been delighted with the response to our flu vaccination clinics for the over-65s, which are being held at Ludlow Racecourse on Saturday 3rd and 10th October. The 3rd October is now fully booked.

The Racecourse venue means we are able to safely socially distance whilst being undercover in case of bad weather (and with ample parking) for the huge number of patients that we need to vaccinate... In one weekend we will have vaccinated around 900 people!

We are aware that a small number of people are unable to get to the racecourse, and we are keeping a list of those people so that we can advise them of alternative arrangements.

Letters will be sent out this week for the under-65s who are eligible for a flu vaccination.

 

Update: 8th September 2020

As announced below, this year's flu clinics will be different to previous years. This is due to the social distancing measures that are in place, and to protect our staff and patients.

Due to the manufacturing and delivery of vaccines, we will not be able to vaccinate all "at risk" groups at the same time.

On Saturday 3rd October and Saturday 10th October we will be holding clinics at Ludlow Racecourse to vaccinate patients aged 65 years and over. The clinics will run by appointment only.

Letters are being sent out to the eligible patients this week & next week. The letter will contain further information about the clinic, including how to book your appointment.

Please note that wherever possible you should attend these clinic, as unfortunately we will be unable to run additional clinics at the surgery this year. 

Please do not call the surgery to book your appointment until you have received your letter. Further information with regards to the other "at risk" groups will be advertised in due course.

 

Information: 6th August 2020

On 24th July, the Government announced an expansion to the flu vaccination programme. 
This year a free NHS flu vaccine will be offered to the following patients:

  • All those aged 65years or over
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone who is the main household carer for an elderly or disabled person.
  • All children aged 2&3 years (not at school)
  • All children aged 3-10 years
  • All those aged 6months and older who have one or more of the following medical conditions:
  • Chronic Respiratory Disease
  • Chronic Heart Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Chronic Neurological Condition
  • Diabetes
  • A weakened immune system, either due to a medical condition or treatment.
  • Close contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider
  • Those who are on the shielded list and members of the household.

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.

Practices will need to prioritise certain groups of patients to receive the vaccine at the earliest possible opportunity.  More information on these groups of patients will be shared as soon as possible.

Due to social distancing measures that are in place, and to protect our patients and staff, this year’s clinics will be different from previous years. More information on this will be shared over the coming weeks. 

We will be contacting the priority groups primarily by text message and email so please ensure we have up-to-date contact details for you. 

We would kindly ask that you do not contact the practice with regards to flu vaccines until you have been individually invited to book an appointment for vaccination.

Published: Aug 6, 2020