Flu vaccinations updates 2020
ALL OF OUR SITES REMAIN OPEN DURING THE LOCKDOWN. THIS INCLUDES RUNNING FLU VACCINATION CLINICS.
Update 4 for flu vaccinations -24th November 2020
We have added three further dates for flu clinics
Saturday 5th December at Backwell, Long Ashton and Brockway
Saturday 12th December at Backwell, Long Ashton and Brockway
Saturday 19th December at Backwell, Long Ashton and Brockway
These are open to all eligible patients of Tyntesfield Medical Group who fit the below criteria regardless of your practrice of registration. Please telephone your practice to book your vaccination.
Updated eligibility criteria from 1.1.20
- are 50 to 64 years of age (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2021)
- have certain health conditions (patients in this group will have already been notified of their eligibility)
- 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's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- frontline health or social care workers
Update 3 for flu vaccinations - 10th November 2020
We have added two further flu clinics for the eligible over 65's
Thursday 19th November at Long Ashton Surgery
Saturday 21st November at Brockway Medical Centre
These are open to all eligible patients of Tyntesfield Medical Group regardless of your practice of registration. Please telephone your practice to book your vaccination.
Update 2 for flu vaccinations - 28th October 2020
A further flu clinic is now available for the eligible 65's and Over at Backwell Medical Centre on Saturday 7th November.
It is open to all eligible patients of Tyntesfield Medical Group regardless of your practice of registration. Please telephone your practice to book your vaccinatiion.
Update for flu vaccinations - 28th October 2020
Further to the extensive information provided in the below update of 16th October since mid-September we have vaccinated over 8500 eligible patients. We have a further flu clinic planned for Saturday 31st October which is already fully booked. We are waiting on the delivery of an outstanding order for vaccine from the Government reserve stock. As soon as that is received we will be putting on further clinics for you.
We are being reassured that there is sufficient stock of vaccine available, which will be released in batches through November and December to vaccinate all eligible patients.
Please keep checking our website www.tyntesfield.nhs.uk for further updates.
Update for flu vaccinations – 16th October 2020
Each year Tyntesfield Medical Group, like all other practices, has to plan ahead and predict what the uptake will be from eligible patients for the flu vaccination.
Such is the annual nationwide, indeed global, demand for the vaccine we have to place our order with suppliers almost a year in advance to ensure timely delivery of the predicted number of vaccines needed.
In normal times, each year, a high proportion of entitled patients chose not to get vaccinated. We have learnt what those numbers are and pitch our vaccine order accordingly with spare capacity to cater for a reasonable level of higher than anticipated demand. We have always met demand.
Our order for 2020 was consequently placed long before the Covid-19 pandemic struck and the circulation of subsequent health messages from the NHS urging everyone entitled to a free vaccination to take advantage of the opportunity in 2020 to mitigate the chances of the health system simultaneously dealing with a flu outbreak and Covid -19.
This year, as announced by the government, 30 million people in England will be able to get the free flu vaccination – twice as many as were vaccinated last year.
Eligible patients have responded by booking themselves in to be vaccinated, many for the first time, consequently we have already exhausted the vaccines we ordered earlier in the year.
We have not been able to independently order further vaccine as nationally, the government, NHS emergency planning and the manufacturers have been working together to put in place a reserve stock and supply chain to support all.
Week commencing Monday 19th October will be the first opportunity we have been given to order more vaccines from the reserve stock and thereafter in phased batches for the remainder of the year.
The Government is reassuring us that there is sufficient flu vaccine available for everyone who is eligible with deliveries scheduled for October, November and December.
There are several types of flu vaccines available. You will be offered one that is recommended for you based on your age. This means some people will be offered a flu vaccine that is in stock while others, who need a different type of vaccine, may have to wait.
As well as offering the free flu vaccine to people who are at greatest risk, there is an ambition to offer the vaccination to all people aged 50 to 64 years old who aren’t already in an at-risk group later in the year. People in this age group should therefore wait until later in the year when they are advised the vaccine is now available for them.
Please keep checking our new website https://www.tyntesfield.nhs.uk/ for further updates.