FLU SEASON 20/21 Updated 1st Oct 2020 - click Read More
Our first stock of vaccine arrived with us in early September and was very rapidly utilised by our at risk patients and those aged 65 plus. We have received more vaccines for the at risk under 65s patients and are actively contacting them by various methods including text; email; telephone calls etc. If you have not yet received your vaccine and are within this cohort of patients please call the surgery to book your appointment or email us for an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org Our phone lines are extremely busy so you may find it easier to email us. We are expecting our next vaccine delivery for those aged 65 and over by 9th October. Again, please contact us if you have not booked your appointment.
Due to COVID-19 we are running fixed vaccination clinics, pre-booked appointments only, both Mon to Fri afternoons and Saturdays. These will be slower due to COVID-19, social distancing and infection control. Please arrive only at your pre-booked appointment time and following the instructions of our staff and the one way system. If you are attending surgery for any other pre-booked appointment outside of the flu vaccine clinics you can receive your flu vaccine at the same time, but do please advise the GP or Nurse that you have a scheduled appointment so that this may be cancelled and offered to another patient.
If you are vulnerable, have shielded and are concerned about attending, please speak to our reception team who can advise on an appropriate alternative or advise this in your email as we have arranged Shielding Flu Vaccine Clinics.
If you are unsure if you are eligible, please speak to us or email us email@example.com and we can confirm. Please note eligible criterias have changed over the years so if in doubt, do please ask us to check.
NEW COHORT: Aged 50-64 none at risk. Public Health England have advised that this cohort may only be vaccinated once we have repeatedly contacted all our eligible patients and then, only if we have sufficient vaccine stock available. This is Government guidelines and is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. It is anticipated generally that this may not be until November, but Richmond Surgery were able to start vaccinating our eligible patients from early September and have been campaigning repeatedly for eligible patients to contact us, or confirm they do not wish to receive the vaccine. We therefore anticipate being able to offer some of the new cohort vaccine towards the end of October. Please note this will always remain subject to eligible stock levels. The Government are working with manufacturers to increase available supplies.