Sep 282021
 

FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME

Background:

The way you receive your flu vaccination has changed this year. You will not be able to get your vaccination at the Practice.

Last year, the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership delivered the flu vaccination programme, using a series of walk and drive through clinics around the city, with vital support from community pharmacies and a community nurse team who visited the housebound. A similar model will be used this year but people who are eligible will either be given an appointment or be asked to make an appointment via an online portal on NHS Inform.

Some people who are eligible for a flu jab are also eligible for a COVID vaccine booster. Where possible, people will be given both vaccines at one appointment, but some people may need to get the jabs at two separate appointments.

You will not get your Flu or COVID jabs at the practice. Please do not contact the surgery about your flu or COVID jab appointments.

Vaccination Information:

The winter vaccination programme has started. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, you will get a letter from NHS Scotland. This will either give you an appointment date and time at one of the flu vaccination clinics in Lothian, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.

The larger sites will be arranging appointments from early October.  Local venues will be made available in October/November.

If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online at www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/rearrange-your-flu-vaccine-appointment.  Alternatively you can call the Lothian helpline for assistance with rebooking on:

0300 790 6296 

If you are housebound, your jabs will be given to you by the community housebound team and they will be in touch to arrange this.

Eligibility for a Flu Vaccine:

These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • Adults aged 50 or over (or will be by 31 March 2022)
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged 6 months or over with an eligible health condition
  • Healthcare workers
  • NHS independent contractors including GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists and laboratory staff (working on coronavirus testing) and support staff
  • Social care workers who deliver direct personal care
  • Unpaid and young carers
  • Nursery, primary and secondary school teachers and pupil facing support staff in both a Local Authority and Independent setting
  • Prisoner population
  • Prison officers and support staff who deliver direct front-facing detention services
  • Children aged 2–5 years and not yet in school (children must be aged 2 years or above on 1 September 2021 to be eligible)
  • Primary school children (primary 1 to primary 7)
  • Secondary school pupils (years 1 to 6)

Why you should get 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.

What should I do if I am aged 70 or older?

You will receive a letter from NHS Scotland with an appointment.

If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online at www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/rearrange-your-flu-vaccine-appointment.  Alternatively you can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.

What you should I do if I am:

  • aged 50-70
  • aged under 50 and in a clinical risk group
  • pregnant
  • a carer

You will receive a letter from NHS Scotland with instruction on how to make an appointment using an online portal. You can also call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with making an appointment.

Where you can get a flu vaccine if you’re not eligible for a free one

You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies. You can search for a community pharmacy near you via the NHS Inform directory: www.nhsinform.scot/scotlands-service-directory/pharmacies

Where you can find out more

You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0300 790 6296.

COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME

Eligibility for a COVID Booster:

You may also be eligible for a COVID-19 booster jab this winter. If you are, you may be given both your flu and COVID jabs at the same appointment. However, this will not always be possible, and you may have to attend two separate appointments.

A COVID booster dose will be offered to:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • adults aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health
  • conditions that put them at higher risk of severe coronavirus
  • adult carers (aged 16 or over)
  • household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals.

If you are eligible, you will either be sent an appointment letter, or be invited to make an appointment using an online portal. The booster dose can be offered any time at least 6 months after your second dose.

Where you can find out more

You can find out more about the COVID booster vaccinations online at www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-booster-vaccination