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LAST UPDATED: 03/12/2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and the need to keep physical distancing, it is not possible for GP practices to give flu vaccines to everyone that should get one. That means the programme is being run a little differently this year.

In Edinburgh, there will be drive-through and walk-through hubs set up around the city to give flu vaccines to all eligible people over the coming months. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and hygiene standards.

If you attend a GP or Nurse appointment in person during the Flu vaccine season, you may be given a flu vaccine while you are here in the practice, but you will not be able to make an appointment just to receive a flu vaccine.

With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine. Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.

The main clinics for eligible adults have now finished, but additional clinics have been organised for the extended age groups in the eligibility list. See below for details.

PLEASE CHECK NHSINFORM.SCOT/FLU AS CLOSE TO YOUR PLANNED VACCINATION DAY AS POSSIBLE IN CASE OF CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED CLINICS DUE TO WEATHER.

WALK-THROUGH AND DRIVE-THROUGH CLINICS FOR 60-64 YEAR OLDS (AND MOP-UP FOR OTHER ELIGIBLE PATIENTS)

If you are aged 60-64, and are not in any of the at-risk categories listed below, you should receive a letter from NHS Scotland encouraging you to get the flu vaccination in December if you haven’t already done so privately at a pharmacy or other clinic.

WALK-THROUGH CLINIC

There is a single day scheduled with 5 walk-through locations:

Saturday 12th December, 9am to 3.30pm

  • Sighthill Health Centre, 380 Calder Road, Edinburgh, EH11 4AU
  • Pennywell All Care Centre, 1D Pennywell Gardens, Edinburgh, EH4 4AU
  • Leith Community Treatment Centre, Junction Place, Edinburgh, EH6 5JQ
  • Craigmiller Medical Centre, 106 Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4DT
  • Gracemount Medical Centre, 24 Gracemount Drive, Edinburgh, EH16 6RN

DRIVE-THROUGH CLINIC

The drive-through will be run for two days at a single site:

Friday 11th December & Saturday 12 December, 9am to 3.30pm

  • Younger Building, Edinburgh Park (beside the Gyle)

You do not need to book a specific appointment for either of these walk or drive-through clinics, but please attend at the times below based on the first letter of your surname.

First letter of surnameTime
A – G9 – 11am
H – O11.30am – 1.30pm
P – Z2 – 3.30pm

These dates and locations can also serve as ‘mop up’ clinics for previously eligible adult patients aged 65 and over, or in one of the at risk groups, who have not already been vaccinated.

As with the other risk groups, we will be vaccinating this group in the Practice as well from Tue 1st December, but ONLY if you have an existing appointment at the Practice. We are NOT booking appointments solely for administering the vaccine.

ELIGIBILITY

The following groups of patients are eligible to receive the flu vaccination from the NHS:

  • Everyone who will be aged 65 or over by 31st March, 2021
  • Everyone aged 55 to 64 by 31st March, 2021 (not available at any location until December 2020)
  • All primary school age children (via the school vaccination programme)
  • All children aged 2 to 5 years old on 1st September 2020 (children in this age range already attending school will be vaccinated at school)
  • Anyone aged 6 months and over with the following conditions:
    • Asthma (you must require regular use of a steroid inhaler or tablets for control, or have had an emergency admission to hospital because of your asthma in the last year)
    • Other chronic respiratory disease (such as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or cystic fibrosis)
    • Chronic heart disease
    • Severe kidney or liver disease
    • Chronic neurological disease (e.g. Stroke/TIA, MS)
    • Diabetes
    • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment
    • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen (including sickle-cell anaemia & coeliac disease)
  • Adults with a body mass index >40 kg/m2
  • Women in any stage of pregnancy
  • Unpaid carer, or a young carer, for someone who could not manage without your help if you became ill
  • Household members of those people who were shielding during lockdown

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE?

  • arrive on time – please don’t come early
  • wear short sleeves if possible
  • have your sleeve rolled up by the time you get to the front of the queue
  • all eligible people from your household should come in the same car if possible
  • follow the signs
  • before you receive your flu vaccine, you will be asked some questions to check it’s safe for you to get the vaccine
  • please let us know if you’ve had a reaction to a vaccination in the past
  • turn off your engine if you think you might be sitting in the car for a while
  • you may have to wait in a queue, please be patient
  • after you have received your flu vaccine, please park in the spaces set aside and wait for 15 minutes before driving off. This is to make sure you don’t have an early reaction and that you’re safe to drive off afterwards

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

  • if you feel unwell or have a temperature, do not attend the clinics.
  • there are no toilet facilities available
  • the team giving the vaccinations are trained professionals who will be wearing protective clothing and equipment to protect both you and them
  • the systems we’ve put in place will get people vaccinated as safely and quickly as possible
  • if you feel unwell after receiving your flu vaccine, please let one of the team know as soon as possible

ALTERNATIVE TO DRIVE-THROUGH AND WALK-THROUGH CLINICS

If you cannot attend the drive-through or the walk-through clinics, you have the option of receiving your flu vaccine at a local pharmacy.

The following are some of the pharmacies that have signed up to deliver this service in the South East Edinburgh area, but you can go to nhsinform.scot/flu to find a pharmacy where you can get a free flu vaccine.

PharmacyAddressPostcodeTelephone
Boots101-103 Princes StEH2 3AD0131 225 8331
Boots46-48 Shandwick PlEH2 4SA0131 225 6757
Lindsay & Gilmour18-20 Comiston RdEH10 5QE0131 447 2336
Lloyds Pharmacy129 Bruntsfield PlEH10 4EQ0131 228 3725
Lorimer Pharmacy153 Morningside RdEH10 4AX0131 447 2041
Paton & Finlay177 Bruntsfield PlEH10 4DG0131 229 2110
Omnicare Pharmacy2 Home StEH3 9LY0131 229 7778
Omnicare Pharmacy160 Causewayside EH9 1PR0131 667 2151
Right Medicine Pharmacy45 Forrest RdEH1 2QP0131 225 7770
Right Medicine Pharmacy142 Marchmont RdEH9 1AQ0131 447 2198
Well Pharmacy55A Mayfield RdEH9 3AA0131 667 1992

We don’t have details of when each Pharmacy will be starting their own flu vaccination campaign, so please use the contact details above to get in touch with them directly to ask the question.

WHAT DO I DO IF I’M 55-59 YEARS OLD?

If you are aged 55-59, and are not in any of the above at-risk categories, you will get a vaccine in a later phase of the programme. We will update this information as soon as all the details are confirmed.

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A CHILD AGES 2 TO 5 YEARS OLD?

Children aged 2-5 (not yet at school) will get their flu vaccines at special hubs around the city.

Letters are being sent out to families (continuing through November) giving you the time, date and venue of where you can get your child the intranasal flu vaccine this year. If the date and time on the letter aren’t suitable, there is a phone number for you to call to rearrange – 0131 536 0238.

Information on vaccinations for this age group is available on NHS Inform.

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A CHILD AT PRIMARY SCHOOL?

Most primary school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A CHILD IN HIGH SCHOOL WITH AN ELIGIBLE LONG TERM CONDITION?

We have finally heard from the Health Board that these flu vaccinations will be carried out here at the Practice and we have just received enough of a supply of the intranasal flu vaccine to vaccinate this small group.

We are setting up Practice Nurse clinics to give this vaccine, so if you have an eligible child in high school you can call the Practice now on 0131 228 6081 to book an appointment.

We will also be trying to get in touch with families ourselves to get these children booked in as soon as possible.

WHERE CAN I GET A FLU VACCINE IF I’M NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE ONE?

You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.

WHAT IF I AM ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR THE PNEUMOCOCCAL OR SHINGLES VACCINATION?

The drive through clinics will only be for the administering of the flu vaccine. If you are also eligible for the pneumococcal or shingles vaccine you will get them at the Practice as before.

We will update the website with information on how to book those appointments as soon as our plans have been finalised.

HOW DO I GET THE FLU VACCINE IF I AM HOUSEBOUND?

That is also being organised centrally. Nursing staff are being made available to Practices to administer these vaccinations during a home visit. Once we have the details of when this will happen we will be in touch with the relevant patients to organise the visit.

WHAT IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0800 22 44 88.

We please ask that you do not call the Practice if you have further questions as all the information we have about this year’s flu programme is in this article. As the Health Board release further plans this page will be updated, so please keep coming back to check.

If you would like a hard copy of this information, and don’t have your own printer, a copy can be picked up from the Practice foyer. The printed copies are updated when the website is.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DEVELOP A FEVER AFTER GETTING THE FLU VACCINATION?

If someone develops fever post vaccination, this would normally be within the first 48 hours following vaccination AND usually resolve within 48 hours. This is a relatively common, expected reaction, and self-isolation and testing for COVID-19 are not required unless COVID is suspected based on other clinical criteria such as cough and/or anosmia.

Feeling generally unwell, shivery, achy and tired are also commonly reported symptoms following flu vaccination. These symptoms usually disappear within one to two days without treatment but paracetamol can be given if necessary to relieve any of these symptoms.

As has always been recommended, any fever after vaccination should be monitored and if individuals, parents or carers are concerned about their, or their child’s health at any time, they should seek advice from their GP or NHS 111.

If fever starts beyond 48 hours post vaccination OR persists beyond 48 hours or an individual develops other COVID-19 related symptoms, then they should self-isolate and be recommended to have a test for COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 may also be considered at any time following clinical assessment, or if there are other epidemiological indications such as being a close contact of a case or part of a cluster.

HOW DO I PROVIDE FEEDBACK AFTER THE EVENT?

We have been asked to direct patients to send any comments you have about your experience with the Flu Vaccination Programme this year, positive or otherwise, to the following email address:

edinburghprimarycaresupportteam@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

FURTHER AND TRANSLATED INFORMATION ON THE FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME

The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership have produced some videos about the flu vaccination programme this year. The video below is the English version, with the links underneath giving the same information in other languages.

Leaflet for those aged 65 and over

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Leaflet for those living with a Health Condition

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Leaflet for those who are pregnant

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Leaflet for parents of children aged 2-5 years (not at school)

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