Flu vaccinations 2022 – 2023
APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
Flu vaccinations are still available – please call reception to discuss, alternatively most pharmacies still have stock remaining.
Patients aged 65yrs+, or whose 65th birthday is on or before the 31st March 2023, can now book a ‘FLU Over 65yrs’ appointment.
These can be booked:
Our appointments are limited to the dates as above. Please book a date and time which is most convenient to you. Appointments usually book quickly, so the earlier you are able to book the more choice that will be available.
Patients aged 18-64yrs, who will not turn 65yrs by the 31st March 2023, must be in a risk group as stated below to be eligible for a flu vaccine at the surgery:
These patients can now book a ‘FLU 18 to 64yrs At Risk’ appointment. These can be booked:
Patients aged 50-64yrs who are not in a risk group as above, are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine after the 15th October 2022, however this cannot currently be offered at this surgery at this time. We are sorry to not be able to offer this vaccine at the surgery from October but due to NHS England changing their guidance our anticipated stock does not include this age group.
We encourage you to contact a pharmacy/chemist to arrange your flu vaccine.
We will assess our stock at the end of October and will release a statement about availability at that time, if we have any spare we will make this available.
Children who were aged 2 or 3yrs on the 31st August 2022 are eligible for a flu vaccine. These appointments are not yet available to be booked. Once they are available, text messages will be sent to all patients with a mobile number on record, and letters will be sent to the remaining patients. This information will also be updated.
Patients aged 6m-17yrs must be in a risk group as stated below to be eligible for a flu vaccine at the surgery:
These appointments are not yet available to be booked. Once they are available, text messages will be sent to all patients with a mobile number on record, and letters will be sent to the remaining patients. This information will also be updated.
If your child is of school age, these will also be offered to them via the school programme. You can choose whether you would like them to have the vaccine with the school nursing team or at the practice.
If you are not able to attend any of the clinics here and your child is not of school age, please contact a pharmacy/chemist to arrange their flu vaccine.
All patients who are of school age on the 1st September 2022 will receive a flu vaccine via the school nursing team. Each school will have their own schedule for this and catch up programme for those who miss the dates. Please contact your child’s school for information on this.
We are unable to offer any appointments to patients in this group at the surgery.
If you are registered as a housebound patient with the practice or live in assisted living accommodation, you will be contacted towards the end of September with a date for your visit.
Click the link in the message
Add your date of birth, you can type in using dd/mm/yyyy format or select from a calendar then select done and submit.
Scroll to the week of the clinics and select ‘show’ (unfortunately we can’t hide the weeks without clinics) e.g.
Choose a slot and select “book”
You will receive a summary, you need to select “book appointment” to confirm the booking:
You have the option to print here
Due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be able to run the drop in clinics as we have done in previous years.
During Phase 1 flu vaccines will be available to:
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 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.
For patients that qualify for the flu vaccination as part of Phase 1 we will be holding the following bookable clinics:
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.
Clinics will be held within surgery through September and October.