Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/2021
As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.
The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.
In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu jab to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.
We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the coming months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a very different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.
All eligible patients aged over 18 (see below) are invited to request an appointment via the Flu Vaccination Appointment Request form within the Consulting Room – dates will continue to be added but there is also a form for you to complete if you would like a flu vaccination but can’t currently attend on the dates offered and we will add you to our waiting list and contact you in due course when further dates are released.
We will be contacting the parents of our young children and pregnant women to arrange appointments too.
We have vaccinated nearly 1,700 patients in a three week period starting on the 1st October of which we are very proud, including a clinic at Norwich City Football Club.
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in Primary School
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 – 64
Clinics for the new 2020 cohort of eligible patients aged 50-64, who do not have an ‘at risk condition’ (see NHS UK) will follow soon. These dates and times will be announced on our website.