Flu vaccinations 2020
No doubt many of you will already be aware this year due to Covid-19 we will have a very different method of providing flu vaccinations to our patients. The government are advising that as many people as possible who are eligible should have the vaccination this year. We will be holding some smaller clinics at our surgery but the majority of our vaccinations will be provided by our staff at the Shepton Mallet Scout Hall. This is to ensure the maximum protection during the pandemic for our patients and our staff. There is plenty of room at the hall, allowing social distancing; we can operate a one way system; there is adequate parking and appointments will be phased. We will be doing this from Monday 28 September, through to Friday 2 October. We are taking bookings now for all patients currently eligible (ie 65 and over, under 65 with long term condition etc). If you are not sure if you are eligible please ring our receptionists and they will help and advise – 01749 342314 or 342863. Our nursing team will be administering the vaccines and will be wearing their personal protective equipment as directed at the time by NHS England. We ask that our patients attending the clinics, whether in the surgery or the hall, wear a face mask or face covering please.
The government has also announced that it will be offering the vaccination to patients aged 50 and over who are not at risk, ie do not have a long term condition. At this point in time we have not been given any further details except that we will be notified of the plans in September. We will let our patients know how this will be organised as soon as we can.
Please do book if you are eligible now – we are expecting a higher than usual demand this year.
We are doing everything we possibly can to provide a safe and efficient service during these difficult times, both in the surgery and in the hall.
We would like to give huge thanks to the Scout Hall Committee for their very kind co-operation and support in helping us to do this.
With regard to children’s flu vaccinations, we have not yet been advised of a delivery date for the vaccines. Once we know this we will contact parents of the children who will be eligible to receive their vaccinations here at the surgery.