In the first two weeks of this year’s seasonal flu campaign, St Mary’s Surgery has vaccinated some 2,465 patients.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government is increasing the number of people who are eligible for an NHS flu vaccination. As well as those aged over 65 or in high risk groups, people aged between 50-64 who are healthy will be invited for a free flu jab for the first time. This national vaccination programme will be a phased roll out right across the country.
Dr Young said: “We are expecting our flu clinics to run throughout the autumn and into winter in line with our vaccine deliveries and I strongly encourage everyone who is eligible for a free NHS flu jab to get vaccinated and help protect themselves, their family and the NHS.
“Those invited in the first phase are the over 65s and those in high risks groups – both adults and children. Once this first vaccination phase is completed, we will begin to invite others. This will include all those eligible from the 50-64 aged group.”
St Mary’s Surgery flu clinics are held at weekends to enable the surgery to deal with larger numbers of people. Patient safety continues to be a priority for the practice and all patients coming for their flu vaccinations will be screened on entry to the building, including having their temperatures taken at the door. Social distancing rules will be followed and there will be a one-way route for each patient through the surgery. Staff will be on hand to help throughout.
The next clinics are planned for the 7th, 21st and 22nd November.
Dr Young continued: “If you are signed up to receive text messages from us, we will contact you when you are due your flu jab. All you then need to do is contact us to book your clinic date and time.
“Please don’t worry if you have not yet heard from us yet, the flu clinics will run on for some time. Once we’ve finished vaccinating the first phase groups, we will begin inviting all those who are eligible and aged between 50-64.”