This year the Flu vaccine delivery is going to be different and challenging in view of the requirement to maintain social distancing.
Hilltops Medical Centre is part of Watling Street Network and we are aiming to deliver most of the vaccines through the PCN (Primary Care Network). This is located at a facility in Kiln Farm.
We will update the details about how the invitations will be sent out and the exact dates in due course. There are different types of vaccines depending on age. The Vaccine delivery times are as below:
Children’s live attenuated vaccine – We are just about to receive the first delivery and will invite the children for the vaccine over the next couple of weeks. Further deliveries are expected to come over in the coming weeks. This year as an exception, the Government has advised that we can administer an alternative vaccine to children who cannot have the live attenuated vaccine for whatever reasons.
The over 65’s flu vaccines are expected over the next couple of weeks and then early October.
The under 65’s flu vaccine delivery is expected early October and then late October with some vaccines delivery due by mid-November. It is not clear exactly when the facility in Kiln farm is going to be available, but we are hoping it should be in the beginning of October and will be for 5 weeks.
This year the flu vaccine programme has been extended to over 50’s as well. The vaccines for this cohort will be provided by the Government and is expected to be underway in November/December 2020.
We will also do some in house clinics in order to support our at risk children and elderly population over the coming weeks. We will contact patients to book their appointment either via phone call or text message.
We will use the clinical room near the reception area in order to make it easily accessible for our elderly patients and to minimise the time stay in surgery to minimise Covid risk.
Government advice about infection control has been recently updated and wearing a facemask for clinician is essential but due to small contact time, whole PPE kit is not required.
WHEN PATIENTS ARE INVITED FOR THE FLU APPOINTMENT AT THE SURGERY OR AT KILN FARM, WE ASK THEY FOLLOW THE ADVICE BELOW:
- To dress appropriately and wear short sleeves which will make access easier and also avoid longer stay and contact.
- Please follow the time slot given strictly to avoid crowding near the front door.
- Please wear a facemask or a face covering when you attend for your appointment.
- Please contact the surgery via the website or by contacting reception to cancel your appointment if you have a high fever or are unwell. YOU MUST NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID OR ANY CLOSE CONTACTS WITH COVID. Please contact the surgery to cancel your appointment and follow Gov advice in such circumstances.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.