Flu 2020 – Riverside Health Centre Flu Plan

This year we have to factor in social distancing into our flu vaccination schedule and so we are introducing new systems to keep everyone safe.  The intervals between vaccinations will be greater and the whole program will take longer to complete.

All flu appointments for eligible patients MUST be pre-booked in advance.

There will be no provision for walk-ins.

We will be having a Flu clinics on:

  • Saturday 3.10.2020 and Saturday 17.10.2020 – These clinics will be for adults over 18 years only.

We ask that patients who book into these clinics don’t arrive too early as they will not be able to access the surgery until their appointment time.  Please prepare yourself for inclement weather.

We will also have various clinics during the week which will replace normal HCA and nurse clinics commencing 28.9.2020

Please attend on your own unless you need a carer with you and wear appropriate clothing to enable the clinician to vaccinate you easily without the need for you to touch anything.

Please wear a face covering.

If you need a carer with you, or you use a zimmer frame or wheelchair, it would be helpful if we can book you in at the end of clinics.  Please make the receptionists aware, when booking.

We have different clinics for different vaccines.  For safety reasons it is vital you are booked in to the correct clinic.

  • Patients aged over 65 as at 31.3.2020
  • Patients aged 18-64
  • Children aged 2 -3 and under 18y in at risk group (intra-nasal vaccination)

Home visits will be strictly for medically homebound patients.

Dedicated intra-nasal clinics will be organised as soon as vaccine become available.

We will send text reminders  to all eligible children who are aged 2 or 3, as at 31.8.2020

Patients aged 50 – 64 without long term conditions may become eligible later in the season.  We will send a text when further details are announced, so please ensure we have your up to date mobile number.

We are not able to vaccinate school age children as these will be administered by the School nursing team.

How to decline

If you already know that you don’t want a flu vaccine at all, please call to tell us.   You could also email to decline if that is easier for you, riverside.manningtree@nhs.net so that the vaccine can be offered to somebody else who needs it.  It is very important as vaccines supplies are expected to be in extremely high demand.

Who should get the flu vaccine

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

  • Adults 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by 31.3.2021 i.e born on or before 31.3.1956
  • People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • Pregnant women
  • Carers – including household contacts of those living with someone who is at high risk from Covid (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • Children aged 2 and 3 on 31.8.2020
  • Children in primary school (these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
  • Children in Year 7 at secondary school (these vaccines are available by the school ONLY)
  • Frontline health or social care workers

We will be sending out text message reminders to all patients whose records indicate they are eligible to receive a flu vaccine.