This year we have to run flu clinics under strict social distancing guidance in order to ensure that all of our patients and staff are kept as safe as possible from potential covid transmission. Our aim is to run a socially-distanced, one-way system that will offer you a vaccination in the shortest possible time. We need to complete over 1,430 vaccinations this year in a safe setting.
In order to achieve this, all of our flu clinics will take place in the ground floor of the Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road where we will be the only service in operation during the time of the clinic. Appointments will be offered on Saturday mornings in 15 minute blocks and we ask that patients do not arrive in advance of their booked slot. Appointments are available to book online and via Reception – if you can book online, that will help relieve pressure on our phone lines.
Clinics will run on the following dates for the following groups:
Sat 26 Sept 9:30-12:30 – Adults aged over 65
Sat 3 Oct 9:30 – 12:30 – Adults aged over 65
Sat 10 Oct 9:30 – 12:30 – Adults aged over 56
Sat 17 Oct 9:30 – 12:30 – Eligible adults aged between 18-64 years with long term conditions.
Sat 24 Oct 9:30 – 12:30 – Eligible adults aged between 18-64 years with long term conditions.
Sat 31 Oct 9:30 – 12:30 – Eligible children aged 2-3 years plus any eligible family members
Who can have a flu vaccine at the practice?
All adults aged over 65 years are eligible for the flu vaccine.
Other Adults: Certain adults aged between 18-64 years with some long term conditions, pregnant women, carers, employees in Care Homes.
Children aged 2-3 (born between 1 Sept 2016 – 31 August 2018) are eligible for flu vaccination with the practice. Children aged between 4-11 will be vaccinated at school unless they are unable to receive a live vaccine. If this is the case for your school-aged child, please make an appointment.
If you were a shielded patient, you and your household are also eligible for a flu vaccination this year. Please book to the relevant age group.
Any eligible patients who are housebound will be vaccinated at home by either the District Nurse team or one of our Practice Nurses. We will confirm your visit date in due course if you are on the list for our Practice Nurse to visit.
Please prepare for your appointment as follows:
• Attend on your own unless you need help in mobilising.
• There is some car parking immediately behind the building but we ask that be prioritised for those with limited mobility. Please be considerate of our neighbours if you park in the local area. If someone is driving you down, there is a drop off and pick up area at the rear of the building, but waiting spaces are limited. There are bus stops directly outside the Reginald Centre.
• Do not arrive early or late for your appointment time: we have allocated a strict number of patients per period to ensure that people are queueing for the minimum of time and social distancing is maintained.
• Please wear a face covering.
• We encourage you not to touch anything in the centre. Bring your own hand sanitiser to use should you wish to.
• Please follow the one-way system, entering the Centre by the front doors.
• Please follow the instructions for queuing. The queue will be controlled to ensure social distancing. If you are in a wheelchair or have very limited mobility, please make yourself known to the queue marshall.
• If it is raining on the day, please come prepared with an umbrella as the queue may be outside for a short period of time.
• There will be no chairs available to sit while waiting, and you will not be able to sit whilst having the vaccination (for infection control). If you think you will struggle with this, please speak to the queue marshall on arrival.
• Wear clothing which makes it easy to expose your upper arm. The vaccinations will be given at 4 separate stations within one larger room.
• Do not attend if you or any members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been told to isolate. Contact us the following week and we will rebook you when you are able to leave isolation.
• Please heed the instructions of the staff who are supervising the patient flow – they are there for your safety.