Flu Campaign 2020

We are now taking bookings for our 2020 flu clinics. Our arrangements are different this year so please read on before calling us to book.

Who is eligible?

The NHS flu programme is currently available to:

  • all adults aged over 65
  • adults aged 18 to 64 who are at risk because of certain long-term conditions
  • children from 6 months to 17 years in a clinical at risk group
  • children aged two to three years
  • pregnant women
  • The household contacts of those on the NHS shielded patient list and those caring for other at risk patients

Note that GPs are not yet able to offer the flu vaccine to the over 50s who are not otherwise clinically at risk. This will be offered later in the year provided there are sufficient stocks of the vaccine nationally.

When and where are the clinics?

We are holding all our clinics in two of the larger village halls, in Portesham on 1st October, 15th October and 21st October, all from 2 – 5pm, and in Litton Cheney on 28th October, also from 2 – 5pm.

There is also a clinic just for the under 65s (who have a different vaccine from the over 65s) on 23rd September in Portesham Village Hall, from 3 to 6pm.

We are using these venues because they allow for good social distancing with separate entrances and exits.

What else is different this year?

Your invitation text/email/letter will contain all the information you need. The guidelines are:

  • do not attend the clinic if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have come into contact with anyone with suspected COVID-19, or have just returned from a travel destination which requires you to self-isolate
  • Do wear a face-covering or mask from the time you join the queue and observe at least 1 metre distance from other patients who may be worried about crowds
  • Do arrive at your appointment time – not early or late – to help us keep the queues to a minimum.
  • The toilets will not be open so plan ahead before you leave home!
  • Do wear a short-sleeved top and do not bring coats or bags into the hall with you. You will be asked to walk straight to a table and have your vaccination standing, then leave immediately, to minimise the touch points.
  • Come alone unless you cannot walk unaided – bring your wheelchair or frame with you if necessary, to minimise the number of people in the hall at any one time.

If you will struggle with any of these arrangements or you are shielding please ring us and we will make alternative arrangements for you.

How do I book?

Please only telephone us after you have had your invitation. We should have sent all the invitations by text, email or post by the end of this week.

It would help us enormously if you do not ring first thing in the morning to book a non-urgent appointment as this is when patients who need urgent help are trying to get through to us.

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