Flu Vaccination Update - 20th November 2020
The government announced earlier today that people aged between 50 and 64 years old (who are not in a clinical at-risk group) will be offered a free flu vaccination in clinics operating across Sussex this December.
GP practices are now working with the NHS and partners to finalise plans to deliver flu a fresh round of clinics to this cohort safely during the pandemic.
GPs have a list of everyone who is registered with them aged 50 to 64 and will invite them to a clinic directly, at from their GP or pharmacy.
People in Sussex that are aged 50 to 64 year’s old do not need to take any action and are asked wait for contact from their GP, and not call their practice about the flu vaccine at this stage, while they finalise plans for further vaccination clinics.
This will help ensure GPs and their staff are free to help those in immediate need – you will be contacted directly and do not need to take any further action.
With COVID-19 circulating, GPs have been working hard to ensure everyone eligible can get their free flu vaccine, including implementing big changes this year to the way the NHS is providing the free flu jab due to the pandemic.
The local NHS wants to reassure everyone that getting the flu vaccine is safe during the lockdown, and there is plenty of time for everyone eligible to book and get their flu jab. Providers of vaccination will take all necessary measures to keep you safe, including wearing protective equipment and staggering clinic appointment times.
Some people aged 50 to 64 years old are entitled to a flu jab sooner:
- If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical at risk group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk
- Anyone of any age, including those between 50-64, who is a household member or a carer of a shielded patient
Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation.