In light of the risk of flu and COVID-19 co-circulating this winter, the national flu immunisation programme will be absolutely essential to protecting people and supporting the resilience of the health and care system. Unlike in previous years, Public Health England has expanded the flu vaccination to those aged 50-64 years of age, who are not identified as part of the ‘at risk’ cohort. This vaccine is a simple effective vaccination given into the upper arm, which gives the majority of people enough protection to prevent them from developing seasonal flu.
Due to COVID-19 the surgery has already put measures in place to adhere to social distancing to protect both staff and patients and have successfully been delivering vaccinations to patients who have feedback how safe they felt. The first clinic will be held for your age group on Saturday 12th December where we hope to vaccinate a large percentage of you. To help with booking your appointment, we have allowed online booking. We prefer you to use this method to help minimise the number of calls coming into the surgery. You can do this through the NHS App or SystmOnline; however we have found that the NHS App is more user friendly and shows appointments more in advance, whereas SystmOnline has restrictions.
What you need to know:
- The Saturday clinic will be done within the surgery and safety measures have been put in place to help protect our staff and patients and we ask that these measures are adhered to.
- If you are from the same household and in the same age group, please try to book your appointments one after the other, this will help the vaccinators on the day.
- Although you have booked an appointment time, this does not guarantee your vaccine will be given at that time on the Saturday.
- Do not come more than 5 mins early for your appointment, we want to minimise the number of people at any one time. Please do not come with others unless they have a flu appointment also.
Our staff will be wearing full PPE, washing and sanitising hands in-between patients.
- Patients will need to wear a mask or a face covering and will not be allowed in the building without one. You will be asked to sanitise your hands before entering the building.
- Patients are advised to wear appropriate clothing for queuing outside, however once inside the building, please remove your coats and have your arm ready for vaccination.
- Please respect our staff, we will not tolerate any form of abuse and have put these safety measures in place for your safety. Anyone who does not adhere to the above or is found to be abusive to our staff will be asked to leave and will not be vaccinated.
- Due to the restraints our staff will not be able to help with anything other than the flu vaccine on this day. Please do not ask our staff to get letters, prescriptions, sample bottles or anything else unrelated to your flu vaccine.
- Keeping our patients safety in mind, please be aware that our toilets will be out of use, we will not have the manpower to clean these after every patient to help prevent the spread of infection.
- It is important that if you have one of the following symptoms that you do not attend your appointment and reschedule. High temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell or taste.
We would strongly urge you to take up this offer of a seasonal influenza immunisation as vaccines have been ordered and cannot be returned.
For more information on the flu vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk/flu-influenza-vaccine
We highly recommend signing up to the NHS App either by mobile or through the computer at www.nhs.uk/start.
Are you aware that we also have a Private Facebook Group for patients of Sandy Health Centre Patients who are already members are benefiting from being kept up to date with all the latest Surgery updates, campaigns (such as flu), the Surgery newsletter, important health information, contact numbers and links for further information on health care needs, along with every day documents you may need, to prevent a visit to the surgery.