Flu vaccinations 2020

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be able to run the drop in clinics as we have done in previous years.

Phase 1

During Phase 1 flu vaccines will be available to:

  • people aged over 65 and pregnant women
  • those with some pre-existing conditions deemed as ‘clinically vulnerable’ including patients who are on the Covid shielded patient list
  • carers recorded on our register of carers
  • other carers of vulnerable patients and household members of patients on the Covid Shielded patient list
  • children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2020 – that is, children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018
  • children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions.

Patients eligible for a vaccination as part of phase 1 of the vaccinations programme are receiving letters to invite them to book an appointment at one of our flu vaccination clinics.

Phase 2

Phase 2 of the programme is for those aged between 50 and 64 who do not fall into the higher risk categories covered by Phase 1.

As you may have heard the government have announced that patients aged 50–64 years old will be eligible for a free flu vaccination from their GP practice as part of the flu vaccination programme.

This is a great opportunity for us to protect even more of our patients at a time where there are additional health risks associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus).

We urge that if you fall under this eligible category NOT to contact us for an appointment. We will contact you in due course as we need time to plan and order the vaccinations.

We urge anyone who’s in a clinical risk group to take up the vaccination offer when they receive it. It will give them a much-needed layer of protection and there is absolutely no evidence that getting a flu vaccine increases the risk of getting COVID-19.

Bookable clinics

For patients that qualify for the flu vaccination as part of Phase 1 we will be holding the following bookable clinics:

Adults
Leyburn Medical Practice – Saturday mornings throughout October. These clinics are mainly for Leyburn residents.
Middleham Key Centre – Tuesday 6th and 20th October afternoons.

Please try to book an appointment for the clinic nearest to where you live.

Children
Clinics will be held within surgery through September and October.

Notes

  • If you are attending the surgery for an appointment with a GP or a nurse during October we will try and arrange to give you the vaccination at the same time to save you having to come to a flu vaccination clinic.
  • Housebound – if you are under the care of the District Nurses you will be given your flu vaccination by a District Nurse during a visit. If you are not under the care of the District Nurses team please phone reception to discuss.
  • Kirkwood Hall residents will be seen Tuesday 22nd October as per their letter.
  • If you have your vaccination at a pharmacy they will provide confirmation for your medical record.
  • If you are eligible and do not want the vaccination please contact the surgery to advise you are declining the vaccination this year, this will ensure you do not receive any further communications.
  • Before the vaccination and on the day of your vaccination please follow the guidance within your invitation letter.
  • More information and advice is available on the NHS website:
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