Due to restrictions imposed by COVID we won't be able to run our flu vaccination campaign in the same was as usual. Although we will be offering a mix of appointment types, including more traditional clinic appointments and for some patients in-car vaccination, we will need to run large scale mass vaccination clinics. To keep these clinics running smoothly and safely it is vital that patients come prepared. So please note the following points about how these clinics will run.
- Please check our website prior to setting off. Any last-minute notices will be posted on the home page.
- Only patients with a booked flu vaccination appointment should attend. Vacination is by appointment only.
- Please wear a face covering in line with current guidelines unless you are exempt
- Please arrive at your appointment time - not early or late.
- You will be met at the entrance by a member of staff and will wait outside until we are ready for you.
- The handwash sinks will not be in use on the day, instead hand gel will be provided and can be used on entry and exit
- Our reception desk will not be in use. On entry there will be a table on your left with staff on hand to check you in.
- A one-way system around the waiting room will be in operation, with social-distancing signage in place while you wait for your vaccination.
- If you have a similar appointment time to your spouse/partner you can stay together and be vaccinated at the same time.
- It is really important that you dress appropriately for your vaccination. You might want to bring a bag to carry your coat or jumper.
- You will be called forward to a vaccination station to receive your vaccination.Your flu vaccine will be given into your upper arm so that needs to be uncovered ready for vaccination before you reach the vaccination station
- There is no need to wait in the surgery after your vaccination.
- You will be directed when to leave so that patients aren't coming in and out of the building at the same time.
All staff will be wearing appropriate PPE and we will be closely following the guidelines provided by NHS England.
It is important to note that whereas traditional flu vaccination clinics are held behind closed doors in a consulting room the mass vaccination clinics will be held within the waiting room and if you are not comfortable with that arrangement please book an alternative clinic appointment. If you have a history of fainting when being vaccinated or you know you can't stand in a queue for example then consider an alternate clinic.
Our team will be working hard all day to deliver a safe and speedy vaccination clinic with minimal queuing. While we have planned the clinics as best we can we appreciate your patience if there are any unforeseen hold-ups on the day.