Flu vaccination clinics are being run on the following dates:
Saturday 19th September All day – Swan 65’s and overs invited in 30 min time slots
Saturday 26th September Morning – Both sites all 0-17 year olds invited to walk in all morning, plus additional invited patients
Saturday 24th October All day – Both sites all 18-64 year olds invited in 30 min time slots
In order to protect our vulnerable patients and ensure social distancing, patients will be allocated a time slot to attend for their vaccination. Text messages or letters will be sent early September informing patients eligible for a vaccination of their allocated date and time slot. First clinics will be prioritised for our most vulnerable patient groups. Please DO NOT attend outside of your time slot.
On the day of the clinic patients should report to reception who will direct you. Queues will be outside the building so bring an umbrella if it’s raining! If this is likely to be difficult for you please inform reception when you arrive
Patients should attend on their own where possible and face masks will need to be worn
On-site parking at Swan will be for disabled patients only. All other patients will need to park elsewhere, the closest car park is Ram Meadow.
These clinics are for flu vaccinations only. Phone lines and dispensary will be closed.
Please wear clothing that gives quick access to the top of your arm.
For more information regarding who is eligible for a flu vaccination please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Patients cannot attend if they or their household members have any symptoms of coronavirus
Patients need to be 10 days clear of symptoms or have had a negative test before they can attend for immunisation
Patient whose household members have had symptoms need to have isolated for 14 days before they can attend for immunisation
The Campaign for 50 – 64’s
Expanded flu programme to focus on most vulnerable groups first. This winter, the flu vaccination is more important than ever to protect those most vulnerable as we prepare for the potential risks of both flu and COVID-19. GPs and community pharmacists across the East of England have welcomed plans to extend the flu vaccination programme to those 50-64 year olds who weren’t previously eligible for a free jab, but we must make sure that those most at risk are able to get the vaccine first. In line with national plans to protect the most vulnerable first, those aged 65 and over, people with certain long-term medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children will be vaccinated from September onwards.
In a phased approach, people aged 50 – 64 who are not in a clinical risk group are to be offered the vaccine later in the season – likely in November or December when additional vaccine stock becomes available.
There has been a reported increase in enquiries from people aged 50 to 64 to GP practices and community pharmacies about the vaccination. If you are in this newly eligible group, please do not contact your practice or pharmacy about the vaccination or to try to book an appointment for a flu jab at this time.
This will allow GP practices and pharmacies to focus on their work to get the most vulnerable groups in our community vaccinated first
Your practice will contact you as soon as they are ready to offer you an appointment so please wait to hear from them or to receive more information. Community pharmacies will also be able to offer the vaccine to you from November onwards. Please rest assured that if you are eligible for the vaccine, you will be contacted once it is being offered to your group.
Debbie Bodhanya, Managing Partner of The Limes Medical Centre, Essex said: “We are so pleased to be able to expand our flu campaign this year. Wait until we have vaccinated the very vulnerable, young and elderly, then we’ll be ready to vaccinate the over 50’s. Check back with us after 1st November. Let’s work together to support the NHS this wintertime and keep our patients safe and well!”
Flu should be taken seriously; it is more than just a bad cold. Some people may need to stay in bed for a few days but for others who are more vulnerable it can lead to more severe illness, can worsen existing illness and can lead to pneumonia or bronchitis. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even death.
Dr Sarah Whiteman, GP and Medical Director of Bedfordshire, Luton & Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “This year, more than ever before, it is important for patients at risk to have the flu vaccination. Flu vaccination offers important protection against flu, saves lives and helps to reduce the pressure on the NHS in the busy winter months. Expanding the programme is welcome but it is important that those usually at higher risk are protected first as they are likely to be more seriously affected by flu.”
Practices and pharmacies are following strict guidance and social distancing measures to make sure that it is safe for you to come for your vaccination. When you are offered your vaccine, please take the opportunity to gain this valuable protection for yourself and your community.