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Cold, Flu or Coronavirus?
Flu vaccination clinics are currently being held every weekday from 12:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 16:30. The appointments for these clinics are now available for eligible patients to book either online through SystmOnline or by telephone. They will also be available to book online through DoctorLink seven days in advance of the clinic. If you can't make one of these clinics then please come in during our normal opening times although you may have to wait to be seen.
Remember to wear your face covering and to keep your distance at all times.
In line with national plans to protect the most vulnerable first, those aged 65 and over, people with certain long-term medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children will be vaccinated from September onwards.
In a phased approach, people aged 50-64 years who are not in a clinical risk group are to be offered the vaccine later in the season - likely in November or December when additional vaccine stock becomes available.
The type of vaccine you receive depends on your age, health conditions or whether you are pregnant.
Phase 1: from September 2020
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities i.e. patients in residential, nursing and learning disability care homes.
- People aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31st March 2021).
- Those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group.
- All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season).
- People on the NHS Shielded Patient List for COVID-19 and household members of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals.
- Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
- All frontline health and social care staff including health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.
- All children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31st August 2020. Those aged four years or over and not in a clinical risk group will be vaccinated at school.
Phase 2: from November 2020 subject to vaccine supply
- Individuals aged between 50-64 years not in a clinical risk group, following prioritisation of other eligible groups and subject to vaccine supply.
Clinical risk groups for flu vaccination
Patients with chronic neurological disease, liver disease, asplenia, those who are immunocompromised and those with learning difficulty are considered extremely vulnerable.
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis.
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure.
- Chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five.
- Chronic liver disease.
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease.
- Learning disability.
- Splenic dysfunction or asplenia.
- A weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment).
- Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above).