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

Sep 222021
 

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.

People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.

Information about how to arrange your flu vaccination for all other eligible individuals will be available soon.

From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.

Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian – East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.

If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296 (you will probably get a quicker response from the local enquiry number, as well as more local knowledge being available to help you) 

Please do not contact your GP. 

You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform

Dec 032020
 

The number of people eligible to receive the flu vaccination during the 2020-21 programme has been extended to include those aged 60-64 years old.

This section of the campaign was delayed to allow those most vulnerable people to be vaccinated initially, and to ensure there was sufficient stock of the vaccine.

Dates and locations of flu vaccination clinics for his group has now been organised.

WALK-THROUGH CLINIC

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

Saturday 12 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 Tuesday 1st December, but ONLY if you have an existing appointment. We are NOT booking appointments solely for administering the vaccine.

Oct 302020
 

Hopefully, the majority of our eligible patients planning to attend a drive-through clinic will have been vaccinated by now, but just in case anyone was planning to attend one of the other locations recently added to the flu vaccination programme information page, please be aware that due to adverse weather conditions, all drive-through clinics have been cancelled this weekend, Sat 31st Oct/Sun 1st Nov.

Please remember that there is a walk-through planned for the weekend Sat 14th/Sun 15th November, as well as Sat 21st November, at Tollcross Health Centre (a new location after the cancellation of the one planned for the Ross Fountain, Princes St Gardens).

Keep a check on our website, and the flu vaccination programme page linked above for all flu related information this season.

Oct 232020
 

For those eligible patients who haven’t yet been vaccinated for flu so far this season, please be aware that the walk-through clinic at the Ross Fountain at Princes Street Gardens has been cancelled and a new location organised.

The new walk-through clinic is at Tollcross Health Centre, 10 Ponton Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9QQ. The clinic dates are:

Saturday 14th November
Sunday 15th November
Saturday 21st November

The clinic will run from 9am to 5.30pm. No appointment is necessary.

Oct 082020
 

We have updated the main flu vaccination programme article today to include more information on the situation on the intranasal vaccinations for children.

Children in primary school are getting the intranasal vaccine in school, and this programme is already underway. All primary schools in Edinburgh have been scheduled with some already completed.

The families of children aged 2-5 years old (not yet at school) will be receiving a letter with a date, time and venue for their child’s flu vaccination. A number will be available on the letter to phone if this appointment needs to be rescheduled.

This leaves children in high school, under 18 years, with a long term condition making them eligible for the vaccine. The Health Board has arranged for Practices to receive a small amount of the intranasal vaccine to cover this group, and we have set up a Practice Nurse led clinic here at Bruntsfield with appointments available to book now. We will start to contact families of these children to get them booked in for their vaccine, but you can also call us on 0131 228 6081 to arrange a booking yourself.

As ever, more information on the flu vaccination programme is available at NHS Inform.

Oct 012020
 

In the first week of the new Flu Vaccination Programme within Edinburgh, around 7500 patients were vaccination across 7 drive-through sites and 1 walk-through site. Saturday was very busy in most sites with Sunday much more manageable. Waiting times were between 2mins and 90 mins depending on the site and time of day.

Patients were turned away to come back another day at 2 sites, affecting around 200 patients.

Patient feedback overall though was overwhelmingly good.

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

AND PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THE MAIN FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME ARTICLE FOR ANY UPDATES TO SCHEDULED CLINIC DATES THAT MAY BE CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER.

Sep 022020
 

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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Nov 222019
 

We got confirmation today that we will receive enough of a supply of the intranasal flu vaccine to cover the clinics we wanted to run over the next three weeks, so we have released those appointments and they are available to be booked now.

If you are the parent of an eligible child then call as soon as you can for an appointment as they will go fast, and these will probably be the last clinics we run this year.

Thank you again to everyone affected by the child flu vaccine shortage this year for your patience.

Nov 192019
 

We have been able to release another flu clinic for eligible children to be held on Wed 27th November. We don’t have a huge number of appointments and access is first come first served, so phone asap to book an appointment for your child.

We hope to be able to release another clinic in early-mid December as soon as we can be assured of the vaccine supply, but as ever the website will be updated as soon as we know.

Nov 152019
 

We’ve been able to book and undertake a reasonable number of child flu vaccination appointment recently, but again our stocks are running low and we have only a handful of appointments left, which we expect to be taken very soon.

We have submitted our vaccine supply needs to the NHS and they are currently calculating stocks against the requests of all GP Practices and Schools. We hope to get confirmation soon that our requests will be filled, and as soon as we do we will be opening more appointments and we will again update the website.

Thank you again for all your patience.

Nov 042019
 

We have received a further small supply of the intranasal flu vaccine, so we have been able to release a limited number of appointment for all eligible children (whether by age or by illness) to be vaccinated.

The appointments are currently available on Wed 6th or Thu 7th November, and will be booked on a first come first served basis.

Please visit our full news article on the 2019/20 flu vaccination programme to check on eligibility before trying to book.

We will continue to keep the website update as and when further clinics are released.