We’re now starting to plan our 2020 flu clinics, taking into account additional aspects we need to consider this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include social distancing measures, PPE requirements, safety for our staff administering the vaccine and safety for our patients.
To be eligible for a FREE flu vaccination you need to be in one of the following groups:
- Aged over 65
- Liver problems
- Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- Kidney Problems
- Heart Problems/Stroke
- Learning disability
- Neurological problems (e.g. Parkinsons, Motor Neurone Disease)
- Household members of patients on the NHS “Shielded List” *
- Health and social care staff working in a care home/nursing home/voluntary managed hospice *
* It’s not yet been defined how and where these staff/patients will be vaccinated.
In addition to the above, there is consideration to expand the eligibility to include patients aged 50 to 64, but this will be towards the end of the year.
We’re waiting for further guidance and clarity from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England (NHSE) regarding their national roll out plans, which will then allow us to plan our local clinics effectively and safely.
As soon as we have further information, we’ll update our website: www.theruddingtonmedicalcentre.co.uk. At the moment, we’re considering offering ‘pre-bookable‘ appointments at weekends to administer the bulk of the vaccines.
We ask that patients:
- Do NOT attend if you or any of your household members have any COVID-19 symptoms
- Come on your own
- Arrive on time (NOT early or late)
- Be ready for the vaccine – ideally have your arm exposed
- Wear a face covering or visor
This information is correct as of 12th August 2020. As the situation is constantly changing, please refer to our website for the most up to date information.
Ruddington Medical Centre
Editor’s note: If you’re registered with Church House Surgery on Shaw Street, you can contact them on 0115 984 7101 to find out about their arrangements for flu jabs.