Flu Vaccinations for 2020
Updated 03 December 2020
The surgery is in the process of holding flu clinics for patients in at-risk groups and those eligible will receive invites to vaccination clinics. As per government guidance, we are prioritising patients in the usual risk groups and those who were advised to shield because of Coronavirus.
There are on-going issues with the supply of vaccines around the country. The surgery team are actively reviewing and managing clinics so we can ensure we have enough vaccines for those invited. If you are in a risk group, you will receive an invite to a clinic. Please do your best to attend as it is important to receive your vaccination.
More information about flu vaccine supplies can be found on the Government website
Vaccinations for 50-64 year olds not in a risk group
As you may be aware, the government have advised that 50-64 year olds not in a recognised clinical 'at risk' group will be able to have a free flu vaccination this year. More information is available via this link
If you fall into this category, please do not ring the surgery to try and book an appointment to have the vaccination. We are confident we have secured enough additional vaccines for this group but are awaiting delivery before inviting you to a clinic as there is such short supply in the UK and we have no guarantee we will receive what we've ordered.
We are hopeful we can start arranging clinics week commencing Monday 07 December 2020, but are reliant on receiving our delivery before we begin.
When we do commence vaccination clinics, we will probably be using three different vaccines, and you will receive one of them. They are:
- Mylan’s Influvac Tetra;
- Seqirus’ Flucelvax; or
- Sanofi’s Flublok.
For Flublok, we must make you aware that this vaccine does not have a UK marketing authorisation but has been authorised for temporary supply in the UK by the MHRA, has been licensed and used in the US since 2013 and that is being offered in accordance with national guidance. A patient leaflet with more detailed information is below.
Thank you, as always, for your patience and understanding.