Flu Vaccinations and Covid Boosters
This year we will be offering both flu and covid boosters at the surgery in the same appointment. You may have heard in the news that there is a new Covid booster and this is what we are able to offer you.
NHS England have asked us to prioritise those who live in care homes, are housebound, immunosuppressed or over 65 in our first wave of vaccinations.
We have a number of clinics available and the first round of invitations have been sent. As we have been directed by NHS England to offer both vaccinations at the same time, we are building in sufficient time for this into our appointments and our planning, we are keen not to see people needing to queue! Once our first main clinic has taken place on 17th September, we think we will be able to increase our capacity into the future clinics as we will have a better understanding of the flow of patients through the clinic. Apologies that we have recently removed the on line booking for flu vaccinations – this is because we have been instructed to ensure that those who are most vulnerable are booked in as quickly as possible.
This does mean that we have not yet invited everybody who is eligible and we will be doing that in the coming week or two.
If you are aged between 50 and 64 and not otherwise in any other risk group, we are not able to offer you your vaccines until after 18th October so that we can prioritise those who are most at risk of both of these viral illnesses this Autumn. Please be patient – we are willing and able to offer these vaccinations to all of our patients here at Tudor Lodge.
Our goal is to have vaccinated everyone who is eligible by early December and we have drafted in lots of help from our colleagues who had worked at Riverbank vaccination centre to help us to do this (as Riverbank has now closed as a vaccination centre).
The most important thing is that you take up the offer of both of these vaccines when we get in touch with you. We will contact most people by text if they have a mobile number and by letter or phone call for those without mobiles.