Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Information 2020
PLEASE NOTE REVISED TIMES BELOW
ALL SESSIONS ARE OPEN – NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED
Humshaugh Village Hall
Monday 14th 8.30am-5pm OVER 65s ONLY
Tuesday 22nd 8.30am-5.30pm OVER 65s AND 18-64 YEARS OLD IN AN AT RISK GROUP
Wark Town Hall
Monday 28th 8.30am-11.30am OVER 65s AND 18-64 YEARS OLD IN AN AT RISK GROUP
Wark Town Hall
Monday 19th 8.30am-11.30am OVER 65s AND 18-64 YEARS OLD IN AN AT RISK GROUP
You can now also book an appointment in surgery, preferably book these through online access or contact the surgery.
Patients eligible for the seasonal influenza vaccination:
This year the seasonal influenza vaccination will be offered by the practice to:
- Patients aged 65 and over
- Patients under the age of 65 who have an underlying medical condition
- Children aged 2 and 3 and children who are clinically at risk.
- Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.
- Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List. Specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded person on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier. This is advice given to us by NHS England and NHS Business Development; this is not a practice based decision.
- Face masks. Please attend the clinic wearing a face mask or facial covering.
- Use the hand gel on arrival and departure.
- As far as possible please do not touch any surfaces as you enter, while you are in or as you leave the village hall.
- Maintain social distancing. 2 metre markers will be visible both in the hall and outside (to a point) please adhere to this.
- If possible please attend with other members of your household and stand in the same queue.
- If there is a very long queue on your arrival, please consider returning home and attending a little later, particularly if you live within the village in which the clinic is being held.
DO NOT ATTEND AN OPEN CLINIC IF:
- You or a household member have any symptoms of Coronavirus.
- You are aged 50-64 and are not normally invited. The Government will announce plans to vaccinate this group at a later date (likely November/December)
- Aged under 18 – for those eligible to have their vaccine at the surgery (those in at risk groups) we shall contact you when we have your vaccination.
- Aged under 18- eligible through school vaccination programme – please access the flu vaccine through the school programme, given to children of reception and primary school age, and, for the first time this year (2020) to children in the first year of secondary school (Year 7).
- Please make every effort to attend a walk through clinic. Arranging flu clinics during a pandemic requires a significant amount of preparation and these open clinics are the most efficient way for us to vaccinate our population and it helps us keep our appointments in surgery free for routine work. Try to attend the clinic located closest to you, however if you are unable to attend on the date provided, please attend a clinic elsewhere (you do not need to let us know about this).
- Be prepared to wait.
- If you can attend at any time throughout the day, please try to avoid 8.30am-9am and 5-5.30pm, so that those who are fitting it around work are able to avoid queuing for too long.
- If you are not able to attend any of the clinics, we can make provision at the surgery but please be aware you may wait longer to have your flu vaccination if you require an appointment.
- On arrival please follow signage to form an orderly queue, maintaining 2 metres distance.
- The queue is likely to form out of the door of the hall, while we cannot predict what the weather may do; flu clinics do tend to move quite quickly so you are unlikely to be waiting outside for too long.
- On entering the hall please avoid touching anything and follow the signage to ensure you are in the correct queue.
- Please remain in the queue and remove your coat and long sleeves so that you have an arm exposed ready for you vaccination.
- There will not be any seats available for waiting and you will be given your vaccination standing. (If this is causing you difficulty, let a member of staff know).
- Please vacate the hall as soon as you have had our vaccination.
- Depending on the uptake during the first clinics, we may put more clinics on, keep checking the website.
- Please be patient and polite to our team. This will be a busy, non-stop day for them. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.