Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/2021
It’s now time to start thinking about getting your annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.
Flu vaccines will be offered to people over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach more people.
Flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. We would like as many people as possible to receive the flu jab. This will help to protect the NHS and save lives.
Those of you who fall into our high risk groups will have already received invite letters/ texts and may have already had the vaccine. Don’t worry if you have missed our clinics or not book an appointment. We will we writing to you again.
Due to the current COVID-19 our flu clinics will operate slightly differently, with a one way system, temperature check on arrival and full PPE worn by all our staff. We ask that you only attend the clinic if you have an appointment. Only those with an appointment will be allowed in the surgery and we ask you bring as few belongings as you can and wear clothes that will show the top of your arm.
Local pharmacies are also offer flu vaccines ranging from £8 to £15. This means that you can still get a vaccine even if you don’t fall into one of the high risk categories. Please check with your local pharmacy to see if they offer this service.
External websites for further information:
- Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England – National Flu Immunisation Programme 2020-2021
- NHS UK – Who should have the flu vaccine?
- Flu vaccine overview – NHS UK
- Children’s flu Vaccine – NHS UK
- Flu vaccine FAQs – NHS UK
- Vaccination tips for parents – NHS UK