As a result of COVID we are having to run our flu clinics slightly differently this year. We thought it would be useful to let you know how we intend to operate our clinics so you know what to expect when you arrive.
Our clinic dates and times this year are:
|Saturday 26th September||09:00 – 12:00||Over 65’s pre bookable or walk in|
|Saturday 27th September||9:00 – 12:00||Over 65’s pre bookable or walk in|
|Saturday 3rd October||9:00 – 12:00||Over 65’s pre bookable or walk in
Aged 18 – 64 at risk, pregnant or living with someone who was shielding
Pre bookable only
|Saturday 17th October||09:00 – 12:00||Over 65’s pre bookable or walk in
Aged 18 – 65 at risk, pregnant or living with someone who was shielding
Pre bookable only
Am I Eligible?
You’re eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2020 to 2021) if you are aged 65 or over on 31 March 2021. That is, you were born on or before 31 March 1956. So, if you’re currently 64 but will be 65 by 31 March 2021, you do qualify.
Aged 18 – 64 at Risk, Pregnant or living with someone who was shielding
You’re also eligible if you are under 65 and considered at risk, pregnant or living with someone who is shielding. We will contact all our at risk and pregnant patients to let them know they are eligible for the flu vaccine. This year patients aged 18 and over who live in a household with a ‘shielded person’ as defined by the NHS government criteria are also eligible for the flu vaccine. If you fall into this category please pre book your flu vaccine with our reception staff.
Age 50 – 65
As part of the measures for COVID the government will be offering the flu vaccine to all those aged over 50, the details and delivery for this has not yet been finalised. We will confirm arrangements for this once we have been informed.
Do I have to pre-book for the flu clinics?
No. We do advise however, if you are currently a patient with East Lynne Medical Centre to try to pre-book an appointment first of all. This enables the practice to monitor the quantity of vaccines required, whilst also allowing the practice to monitor the patient list in regards to the COVID track and trace programme. If there are no appointments available, then simply use our walk in option and turn up on the day.
Please Note: On the flu clinics 3rd & 17th October patients 65+ can either pre-book or walk in. However under 65 at risk patients MUST pre-book due to the limited amount of vaccines being delivered.
Will I have to wait long on the day?
We certainly hope not. We will try to get each appointment done within 5 minutes. This accounts for us trying to ensure the safety of all staff and patients. Please be aware that we will be cleaning all surfaces and chairs after each patient has been seen to be COVID safe. We do have seating available both inside and outside of the premises for patient’s safety, which adheres to social distancing.
What measures have you in place for COVID and what do I need to do when I arrive?
To ensure we try to keep our patients at a safe distance from each other we are reversing the way patients access the building for flu clinic. Instead of using the main entrance to enter the building you will use both of our back entrances. The back entrance on the left of the building will be used for patients who are walk in patients. The back entrance on the right will be used for patients who have pre booked. Patients will be asked to queue down the side of the building both sides as appropriate. There will be sanitising stations at the entrance to the walkway both sides – all patients will need to sanitise their hands before joining the queue. You will also need to be wearing facemasks to protect both yourself and others. When you arrive at East Lynne Medical Centre you will be greeted by a member of staff in clearly identifiable “Flu Clinic” T-Shirts who will screen you for covid symptoms and advise of which queue to join and the procedures.
Please do not turn up for flu clinic if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Recent continuous cough
- Loss or altered sense of smell/taste
- New onset of breathing difficulty
What do I need to bring with me?
Nothing. All you need to bring is yourself. We do however advise that due to the queues being outside of the premises, to bring an umbrella or appropriate outside clothing as we unfortunately will not have any coverings.
What happens if I cannot make the Flu Clinic on these dates?
If you are unable to make the flu clinic we can book you in for an appointment on another date, please call the practice and speak to our reception team, who will be happy to arrange this for you. There may be more dates offered based on demand. Alternatively you can use pharmacy services.
Is there disabled access available?
Of course. Our services will be accessible to all patients. We have wheelchair access on all entrance and exits.
What happens if I have someone who is currently in a Care Home or Housebound?
Here at East Lynne Medical Centre we ensure ALL of our patients are cared for equally. We have clinicians available who will go to both Care Homes and housebound patients to administer these vaccines. We have a list of our housebound and care home patients and will be making contact separately to arrange a convenient date for our clinicians to visit.
What do I have to do on the day?
Please see the “Flu Clinic Process” flow chart displaying the process of what to do.