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Flu Vaccinations 2020

Flu vaccination: Just don’t let anything stop you

On behalf of the NHS, Misfits Theatre Company tackles the misinformation surrounding the flu vaccination head on and urges people with learning disabilities and their carers (family member or support worker) to not delay, and get their free flu vaccine today. With huge thanks to Misfits.

Due to the COVID19 Pandemic  we have issued the following guidance in regards to the flu clinics this year.

Please make sure you wear a face covering. If you do develop COVID 19 symptoms, please make sure you cancel your appointment. Do not under any circumstances come to the Surgery.

• Please arrive at your appointment time but be aware we are expecting longer queues this year so you may have to queue outside for a period of time.

• You will not be able to come into the Surgery until you are invited to do so by a member of staff – due to social distancing we will only be able to allow a certain number of patients into the Surgery at one time.

• Once you enter the Surgery you will be directed by Marshals where to go.

• Please make sure you are wearing clothing which you are able to remove easily in readiness for your vaccination.

• You will be required to adhere to strict social distancing rules while in the Surgery.

• There will be no time to discuss any other matters with the clinician.

• Please then leave using the entrance at the other end of the building.

• If you or someone you care for has mobility issues which would prevent you/them from using the exit at the end of the building (Highworth and Hermitages Surgeries both have obstacles at their exits making them unsuitable for wheelchair users), please make sure you let the Receptionist know when booking your appointment so suitable arrangements may be made.

Flu Vaccinations for patients aged 50-64

Whilst we’ve received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.

This allows us (GP’s and community pharmacists) to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.

If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.