Flu Vaccination Campaign

Flu Vaccination Campaign

Children’s Nasal Flu vaccine is in stock so please telephone to book your appointments now. We only have enough stock for 2/3 year olds and children in ‘at risk groups’. All other children will be offered it at school, we are unable to order stock for children not in the groups above.

Vaccinations for those Over 18 are unlikely be available until October at the earliest.

This year our clinics will need to meet the requirements of the New Infection Prevention Control guidelines.

This means there will only be Pre-Booked Appointment Times. There will be No Walk-in Surgeries.

At Francis Grove we are not able to offer separate Entrance and Exit routes and we will need to allow extra the time for each Vaccination appointment to ensure patients are as safe as possible. The Flu Vaccinations will take place in an area slightly separate from the main Surgery which is accessed via the door to the left of the Main Entrance sliding door.

The new guidelines mean we are unable to run more than 1 Flu Clinic at a time, with two staff at each clinic so the whole Flu Vaccination programme will take much longer than in previous years. To ease this we are hoping to run at least 2 Saturday clinics which will also need to be pre-booked. As a result of the above there will also be fewer nurses’ appointments available for other matters in the coming months, so please bear with us.

For those over 65 the vaccines are being delivered in 2 batches (hopefully by the 5th Oct-yet to be confirmed).

For those under 65 in a high-risk category the batches will arrive over a period of 5 weeks (hopefully 1st batch arrives by 12th Oct).

Guidance states we need to prioritise certain groups that include, but are not limited to, those at highest risk of COVID-19 complications as well as those living in care homes.

Once we have confirmed dates of delivery we will send out letters and texts inviting specific groups of patients to book appointments. Due to delivery dates and prioritisation of specific groups some people will be invited sooner than others.

We have only been able to order limited numbers of vaccines. We understand NHS England has centrally purchased all surplus vaccines, as yet we do not know how NHS England will distribute their stock of vaccines.

Vaccines for 50-64 years old in the ‘non-at risk categories’- Primary Care have been given very little information about any plans for this vaccination programme to date. From what we know so far, this cohort of people will only be offered the vaccine subject to availability and the earliest offers for this will be November/December. When we know more we will update our patients on this.

We apologise in advance that this year’s Flu Campaign may not be as flexible as in previous years but we will do our best with the stock we have in these extraordinarily challenging times.

As ever, we appreciate any feedback or suggestions you have. Feel free to send these in via the feedback section on the website.