There are currently some delays to our flu vaccine delivery schedule as notified by our suppliers but please be assured you will be contacted when flu vaccine is available for your cohort. Our flu vaccine is always delivered from various suppliers across a number of weeks or months so it does not all arrive at once. Please do not telephone the surgery at this time as it will stop other important calls getting through.
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 conditions
- are 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
- have a serious long-term health condition
Whilst the practice may deliver relatively low numbers of flu vaccinations to those patients attending already for other reasons over the next few months, most of our flu vaccinations this year are going to be provided at two sites across the Sutton borough which are yet to be confirmed. Those patients in care homes or recognised as housebound will also be arranged centrally via our local community services or home visiting services.
The centralised teams will start to get in touch with eligible patients over the coming weeks and months to make these appointments directly so there will be no need to contact the practice.
We will also again be offering nasal flu to children aged 2-3 yrs and those under 18 who are deemed to be in an at risk group. We will be calling these patients in the near future.
Central information about the availability of Covid vaccine boosters and eligibility is still awaited so please bear with us.
Patients aged 12-15 who are at risk, or those living in clinically at risk household, are also currently being called centrally for Covid vaccinations.