20th November 2020
Belmont Medical Centre is aware of the announcement today by the Department for Health and Social Care that anyone aged 50-64 has now been added to the eligible cohorts for this year's flu vaccine. We are now working to order additional vaccine supply and plan for more flu clinics in December. We ask that patients refrain from ringing the practice with inquiries on this and we will communicate the new arrangements for flu clinics in the near future.
How we manage the flu vaccination programme will be very different this year. We anticipate the demand will be very high. Please do not contact us to make enquiries or book any appointments for jabs. If you are eligible for a flu jab we will contact you. We have been tasked by NHSE to prioritise our most vulnerable patients. We are also currently reliant on the delivery of the vaccine from the manufacturers. We appreciate your patience. Please be assured that all eligible patients will receive an invitation as soon as possible.
Letter To Patients re Flu
In July this year, the Government announced that more patients will be eligible for a flu jab this year, including over 50s, shielded patients and their households.
How the additional stocks necessary will be made available and how support will be provided, for the massive logistical problem of vaccinating half of the entire UK population, whilst trying to maintain safe working practices, remains to be confirmed.
Our understanding is that those aged 50-64 years MAY be offered vaccination subject to the at-risk groups being vaccinated first and there being sufficient supply left. With regard to additional eligible groups, we are currently working on correctly identifying such patients.
How the flu clinic will work this year
Coronavirus COVID-19 has meant that we have to carry out flu clinics a little differently this year. PLEASE NOTE: this process is subject to change.
We will be holding designated flu clinics on several mornings throughout September and October.
All eligible patients will receive an invite by letter.
Your invite will give you a date and timeframe, on that date, to attend for your vaccination.
Please complete the questions on the invitation letter and you MUST then bring the letter with you to your appointment
If you are unwell or have any fever or coronavirus symptoms, you must not attend
Please arrive on foot if possible – parking may be restricted
Please come alone unless you need assistance from a carer
Please arrive at your allocated time - do not come too early or at a random time as we do not want any overcrowding, and be prepared to wait outside (whatever the weather)
You will need to wear a face covering which covers your nose and mouth
You will need to queue with strict social distancing using a one-way route through the building - just like at the supermarket
There will be no capacity to address any other health issues at this time – there will be minimal time spent in the surgery
Once into the waiting room, you will need to sanitise your hands
You will need to maintain social distancing throughout as you get your coat/top layers off and arm exposed after entering the building (try to wear a short sleeved garment if possible). You will be vaccinated in your left arm unless there is a medical reason for not doing so
You will be directed into available consultation rooms in an orderly fashion, in batches
Once vaccinated, you will leave consultation rooms and exit via the rear exits to the car park in an orderly fashion.