Flu vaccinations Autumn 2021

Dear Patients,

The Practice will be running the flu vaccinations again this year and as it was so successful last year, we will again be using –

Royal British Legion (Mickleover) Club Ltd.
30 Poppyfields Drive
Mickleover
Derby
DE3 9GB

As you might have heard in the news, there is a delay this year to the flu deliveries, which fortunately, we foresaw, and why we haven’t launched it in the Practice to our patients until now. There may still be a chance that we will have to reschedule them, but we are hoping we have left a good cushion between predicted delivery and running the clinic.

How do you book with the Practice?

We are also trying something different this year with the bookings. Because the phone lines are so busy with patients needing appointments or other things, we are going to ask you all to use the website booking form for Flu vaccination just follow the instructions on the form and you can pick multiple days to show your availability.

The Saturdays are as follows:

FULLY BOOKED

Those of you that cannot use the webforms, we will of course be inviting you by text or we will call you. If you do need to phone the Practice to book the Flu vaccination, then please do so after 11 am.

Please note:

Once you have submitted your flu vaccination form it could take a week or two  to come back to you with a time. If that day is over subscribed, we will contact you but if you could put the dates you are available it will be a quicker process and save phone calls.

Please make sure that your mobile numbers are correct on your medical record.
You can amend this by clicking on the Change of Details form.

Covid Safe Vaccination Service from your Practice

We are doing everything we can to keep our vulnerable patients safe and our staff still working! As a reminder, we are still operating in a covid safe environment. There will be limited waiting inside the Royal British Legion and everyone is required to wear a mask or a visor if they are exempt.

How will the queuing work?

The waiting will be outside so please plan for the weather, try to avoid arriving early for your appointment.

Am I eligible for a free flu vaccination?

Those eligible for a free flu vaccination can be found by clicking here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Why should I have a flu vaccination and what about Covid?

Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu vaccination is important because:

  • more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill
  • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses
  • If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.

Who can have the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)  have certain health conditionsare pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Thank you Royal British Legion

As a thank you to the Royal British Legion, we will be collecting for them on those days, if you have coins/cash to spare and wish to donate, please do so on the day.

In summary

We hope that you will find it an easier process to book this year and we are hoping that the suppliers do not change the dates again! If they do, we will have to move the clinics and we are really hoping for your understanding as this is completely out of the Practice’s hands.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the flu clinics, it is usually a very quick and slick operation and you are in and out, which will then let you get on with your day.

Thank you.

Your Team at Mickleover Medical Centre