Flu vaccination programme 2020

In light of the risk of flu and COVID-19 co-circulating this winter, it is absolutely essential that all vulnerable patients receive a flu vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

Your GP encourages you to receive your vaccination at the surgery because we want to ensure that you receive the correct type of flu vaccination. This will also enable the clinicians to update your medical records at the time of vaccination.

We have pre-ordered flu vaccinations for all of our eligible patients as listed below. This year, we have invested in hundreds of extra doses. We have scheduled clinics inside and outside of our usual opening hours to accommodate all patients. This will ensure maximum protection within our community.

You can help the surgery to continue to provide valued additional services, for example, phlebotomy, by supporting the practice flu vaccination programme.

Flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:

  • 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, such as those with:
    • 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 diseas
    • Learning disability
    • Diabetes
    • Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
    • A weakened immune system due to disease (HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
    • Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
    • All pregnant women
    • Household contacts of those on the NHS shielded patient list, or of immunocompromised individuals
    • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long stay care facilities
    • Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
    • Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home
    • Children aged two and three years old on 31st August 2020 will be offered the vaccination in the practice. All primary school children and year 7 in secondary school will be offered the vaccination through a school age immunisation service

NHS England are also planning to extend the vaccination programme in November and December to include the 50-64 old age group subject to vaccine supply. This extension is being phased in to enable the “at risk groups” to be prioritised first.

Clinic Dates

The following clinics will be pre-bookable only. Please go on-line to book an appointment slot. If you are not on-line, please speak to one of our Reception team.

Thursday 1st October

14:00-17:00, Potton Surgery.

Monday 26th October

For over 65s and under 65s within ‘at risk groups’, Potton Surgery.

Tuesday 27th October

For over 65s and under 65s within ‘at risk groups’, Gamlingay Surgery.

Monday 2nd November, Afternoon

65 at risk and over 65’s Potton Surgery

Wednesday 4th November, Afternoon

65 at risk and over 65’s Potton Surgery

Friday 6th November, Afternoon

65 at risk and over 65’s, Gamlingay Surgery

What to Expect upon Arrival

  • We have put additional measures in place to keep patients safe in our flu clinics. We have carefully planned appointments to minimise waiting times and maintain social distancing. We will be operating a strict one way flow for patients whilst in the building.
  • Please arrive at your specified time slot. Please ensure that you wear a face mask.
  • You will be directed to a hand wash station at the entrance and asked to report to a Reception point where you will be registered.
  • You will be directed to a consulting room to be vaccinated (we will have a number of clinicians on site at each clinic)
  • Once vaccinated, you will be directed to leave the premises at the rear entrance of the surgery.