We know this year while covid-19 is circulating in our community, people are keen to get their flu jab as early as possible. We are getting lots of calls about it.
Please be patient as we work through this year’s flu vaccine programme in Workington.
We want to explain to you about how we are working
Every year the vaccine arrives in batches from the manufacturers between September and the end of November.
We are vaccinating our patients in a prioritised way, starting with those for whom infection with a flu virus would pose the biggest risk to their health.
There are 2 different vaccines for adults, one for those age 65 and over and one for age 18-64. Our first delivery is for those over the age of 65 who were identified as ‘shielding’ during the recent months of lockdown.
Then we’ll move onto the vaccination of
- people in care homes
- the housebound
- younger ‘shielded’ patients,
- pregnant women
- people with chronic illnesses
- patients with learning disability
- health and care workers
The government has advised that those patients between the ages of 50 and 64, who do not have any ongoing health problems, will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
This year flu vaccination sessions will take place both in community settings as well as in GP practices. Patients will be invited to a session, and we will advertise them on our websites and social media too. There’s no need to call.
There’s no reason to worry about getting a vaccine if you require one – just please bear with us while we work our way through it.
How can you help?
Make sure we have your up-to-date contact numbers, look out for your invitation, follow the instructions when the time arrives, remember to wear clothes you can easily expose your arm in, you will have to wear a face mask and you will be expected to social distance in the queue.