Seasonal Flu Vaccination 2020
Flu update 25/11/2020
We are expecting a delivery from next Monday and will be running a flu clinic on Saturday 5th December. We are inviting anyone that’s usually eligible but missed out on the first round to come forward for their jab first. We are particularly keen to see those of you with conditions like asthma and ladies who are pregnant for whom the flu jab is the best form of protection against flu this winter.
We will provide a further update for those of you in the new over 50’s category, who are eligible for the first time, later next week.
If you’re eligible and still wish to have the flu jab with us please either message the practice via askmyGP, book online via Patient Access or give us a call next week.
This year we have had to change the way we run our flu clinics in view of Covid-19 and the guidance, given by the Government, in respect of prioritising our most clinically vulnerable patients first. Unfortunately, due to a higher than normal uptake and limited supplies we do not have any flu vaccines left.
Only the Department of Health and Social Care now control stocks of flu vaccine for use in General Practice. We anticipate they will provide us with some more vaccines in the next couple of weeks but this will only be released to us for use in those who are in the at risk groups who have not yet been vaccinated. We will contact patients in the at-risk groups who have yet to be vaccinated as soon as we have the vaccine.
The Government undertook to provide vaccines to those in the 50-64 age group and we know that lots of people now expect to have this vaccination. As of today we have not been provided with vaccine for this group and have had no information on if or when this might become available. If and when it does become available we will do our best to provide all the extra clinics required to get everyone who we have vaccine for, vaccinated, as quickly as possible.
We appreciate the worry this is causing many people but it is a problem entirely out of our hands here in general practice. We will update you as soon as we have more information so please keep an eye on our website or social media pages for the latest information.