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 flu vaccination will be offered to more people for free 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 next few months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.

From the 21st of September, we will be commencing with this year’s flu campaign and they will be hosted at two locations; Beccles Public Hall and St Luke’s C of E Church. All of our flu clinics are by invitation only. Our patients aged over 65 have been invited first and once we have received our delivery of the under 65’s flu vaccination – this is expected in early October – we will be sending invitations out to those patients aged 18-64 who are at risk.

With each letter, a 2 hour time frame has been identified so that our patients are staggered throughout the day to ensure social distancing measures are maintained. However, if it is not possible for you to attend within this time frame, you will be able to come anytime that day between 08:00 and 17:00. If you are unable to attend the date provided for you, please let the surgery know so that we can ensure you are included in our catch up clinics at the start of November.

If there is more than one person in your household who is eligible but you have received letters advising you to attend on different dates, please be advised that you can attend on the same date if you wish.

Where possible, if you are eligible this year for a pneumococcal or shingles vaccination, please book an appointment at the surgery to have this done separately. However, if you would prefer to have this done at the same time as your flu vaccination at the flu clinic you will be accommodated.

The 30th of October clinic at St Luke’s C of E Church is for childhood flu only. All patients aged 2 and 3 or patients who are identified as at-risk have received a letter inviting them to this clinic. Patients who are of school age will be provided with the flu vaccination by the school nurses.

If you would like to decline having your vaccination this year, please ring the practice on 01502 712662 to advise the reception team or email the practice on nwccg.becclesmedical@nhs.net with your name and date of birth including a message stating you wish to decline the flu vaccination this year so that we do not contact you again.

Patients aged 50-64 are also now included in the cohort of patients eligible for flu vaccinations this year however nationally this is expected to commence late November. We will update our website with further information as it is announced.

Our clinical and administrative team will be in full PPE and we kindly ask that when attending for your flu vaccination that you wear a mask and ensure social distancing measures are maintained.

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). More information can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/
  • 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

External websites for further information