Flu Vaccinations – October 2020
This year we have to factor social distancing into our Flu Vaccination schedule and so we are introducing revised systems to keep all patients and staff safe.
All eligible adults should attend either Surgery on one of the normal Flu Open Days. There will be an additional clinic for patients invited by letter only as detailed below.
Who is Eligible for the Flu Vaccination?
This year the NHS flu vaccine is being offered free of charge to:
- Adults 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021)
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- Pregnant women
- Carers – including people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020 (we will run a separate clinic for this age group)
- Children in primary school (Note: these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- Children in year 7 (secondary school) (Note: these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- Frontline health or social care workers
Flu Open Days
Are scheduled for;
- Tuesday 13th October – 9.00am to 2.00pm (Chalgrove)
- Thursday 15th October – 9.00am to 2.00pm (Watlington)
Clinic Session at the Surgery
Please ensure you adhere to the following guidelines.
- At the Open Days, please follow the instructions for queuing. The queue will be controlled to ensure social distancing. If you are in a wheelchair or have very limited mobility, please make yourself known to the queue marshal who will be wearing a luminous yellow jacket or one of the Reception Team wearing navy blouses.
- You may be waiting outside for a period of time so please be prepared for bad weather or remain in your car and come to the front door as the queue allows.
- Please heed the instructions of the staff who are supervising the patient flow – they are there for you/your family’s safety and for the safety of the Surgery team.
- Please wear suitable clothing so that the Nurse/Doctor can administer the vaccination easily to your upper arm.
- There will be a one-way system. Entry to the surgery will be by the front door and exit by the back door. For those patients with a disability please ring the intercom doorbell and we will attend to you.
- Please do not attend if you or any members of your household have symptoms of Coronavirus or if you have been told to isolate (e.g. high temperature, continuous cough, loss of taste or smell) or you have just returned from abroad.
- Please come on your own unless accompanied by a carer. Please do not bring any children with you.
- Please wear a face covering. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please let us know so we can take any necessary precautions.
Home visits are available – for medically housebound patients only – upon request. Please contact the Surgery to have your name added to the home visit list.
How to Decline
If you are in an eligible group but have decided that you do not wish to receive a Flu Vaccination, please contact the Surgery, either by email at
Watlingtonemail@example.com or telephone on 01865 890760.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am aged 50-64, am I also now eligible? If you are not in an at-risk group with a long-term condition, you may become eligible later in the season if the Government and/or NHS England decides to widen the eligible groups. We will text or email you as and when further details are announced. Details will also be on our website. More information will be available to the 50-64 ‘newly eligible’ patients later in the autumn and until then, Flu Vaccinations are only available for eligible patients defined above.
- If you’re aged 50 to 64, but also in another at-risk group, you should attend a Flu Open Day
- If you’re aged 50 to 64, but not in an at-risk group, please ensure the Practice has the correct mobile number or email address for you, as details will be sent by text about the availability of additional vaccines later in the season.
I am almost 65, am I eligible now? Yes. As with previous years, anyone who will be 65 years old by the 31st March 2021 will be entitled to receive a flu vaccine from the 65+ supply even before they physically turn 65.
Can I pay for a Flu Vaccination as I do not qualify for a free one? Anyone can receive a paid for vaccination regardless of whether they qualify for a free one or not. This facility is available at many pharmacies, but not via the Practice.
Will the Flu Vaccine protect me against Coronavirus? The Flu Vaccinations will only offer protection against the normal annual flu strains. If and when a specific Coronavirus vaccine becomes available in the future, we will issue further details when that happens.