Credas Medical Flu Vaccination 2021/22 Campaign

This flu season with the effects of COVID-19 is going create some additional challenges for our patients and the Practice.

We are expected to vaccinate increasing numbers of people in priority order and therefore have to ensure we vaccinate patients safely & on time within the Government COVID-19 guidelines to protect our staff & patients.

Patient Eligibility

COVID Booster/Flu:

  • People aged 6 months to less than 50 years of age in a clinical risk group:
    • Asthma
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Bronchitis
    • Chronic Heart Disease (heart failure)
    • Chronic Kidney Disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
    • Chronic Liver Disease
    • Chronic Neurological Disease (Parkinson's or Motor Neurone Disease)
    • Learning Disability
    • Diabetes
    • Splenic Dysfunction or Asplenia
    • A weakened immune system due to disease (HIV/AIDS/Cancer)
    • Morbidly Obese (BMI > 40)
  • All pregnant women (including those who become pregnant during the campaign)
  • Household contacts of Immunosuppressed individuals
  • Care Home residents
  • Carers (those in receipt of carers allowance or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill)
  • Health & social care staff employed by a registered residential care or nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider
  • Children aged 2-3 years old on 31 August 2021
  • People aged 50 years or over (including those becoming 50 by 31/03/22)

3rd Dose:

  • The third dose should be offered to people over 12 who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants.
  • Third dose patients should receive a COVID Booster 6 months after their third dose.
  • We cannot correctly record patients in this cohort and therefore a manual list must be kept ensuring record keeping can be updated once available and reports developed for their COVID Booster

Time to Vaccinate

COVID Booster: 6 months (180 days)

Third Dose: The decision on the timing of the third dose should be made by their specialist. As a general guide, the third dose should usually be at least 8 weeks after the second dose but with flexibility to adjust the timing so that, where possible, immunosuppression is at a minimum when the vaccine dose is given.

 

Vaccination Priority Order (Government/NHSE guidelines)

Stage 1:

  • Adults aged 16 years and over who are immunosuppressed
  • Those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 70 years or over
  • Adults aged 16 years and over who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable
  • Frontline health and social care workers

Stage 2:

  • All adults aged 50 years and over
  • Adults aged 16 – 49 years who are in an influenza or COVID-19 at-risk group
  • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals’

 

Vaccination Type

  • >65 flu: Fluad - aQIV
  • <65 at risk flu: Flucelvax - QIVc
  • Children flu: Fluenz Tetra - LAIV
  • COVID Booster: Pfizer

 

Co-Administer (COVID Booster & Flu) Clinics

  • Clinics will take place every Monday from 11/10/21 until mid-December at Darley Dale
  • Clinics will be scheduled in AccuRx (not Systmone)
  • Invites will be issued in line with Government/NHSE guidelines (stage 1 & Stage 2)
  • Invites will include patients eligible for a third dose vaccination (invited as a priority)
  • Patients who have been invited but need help booking – Please contact a member of our Reception Team who will be happy to help you 

COVID Only Vaccinating

  • Patients requiring a COVID booster only will be invited to attend a Co-Administer clinic at Darley Dale

 

Flu Only Vaccinating

  • Clinics will take place every Thursday & Friday from 21/10/21 until mid-December with Demi Swindell, Nurse Associate at Darley Dale
  • Clinics will be scheduled in AccuRx (not Systmone
  • Invites will be issued to flu eligible patients who have already received their COVID booster or third dose
  • Invites will be issued in line with Government/NHSE guidelines (stage 1 & Stage 2)
  • Patients who have already had their COVID Booster/third dose and cannot attend a flu clinic can be booked into an ad-hoc Nurse only slot at any time - this service is subject to availability of Nursing Team requirements
  • Patients who have been invited but need help booking – Please contact a member of our Reception Team who will be happy to help you 

Housebound Patients

  • COVID/Flu vaccinations for housebound patients started on Wednesday 13 October 21
  • Our next date to vaccinate housebound patients will be Wednesday 10 November 21
  • We will contact housebound patients in advance of the date we plan to administer the vaccinations
  • Housebound patient vaccinations will be planned & administered inline with NHSE/Governmenet guidelines (stage 1 and stage 2)

 

Care Home Patients: Dr Oakley as part of the Primary Care Network (PCN) is organising for DHU to COVID Booster & flu vaccinate all Care Home residents

 

Children (aged 2-3 years old for flu only):

  • Please contact the Practice to book an appointment for your child with a Practice Nurse
  • Nasal vaccine only (check in stock)
  • The Practice will arrange a mop up clinic in the near future

  

Winster & Youlgreave Medical Centres

  • The Practice is currently finalising our plans to offer COVID/flu vaccination clinic dates at both our Winster and Youlgreave sites

 

Making an Appointment

  • Patients will be invited to attend for your COVID and/or flu vacination(s) inline with NHSE/Government guidelines (third dose, stage 1 & stage 2)
  • Invitations will be issued inline with Practice availability of appointment dates and times
  • For patients with mobile numbers, invites will be issued by the Practice via SMS for you to book online
  • For patients without mobile number, we will contact you by telephone to book your vaccination(s)
  • We ask patients to wait for the Practice to contact you directly - this will ensure that our phone lines remain avauilable for clinically unwell patients

Attending a Flu Clinic Guidance

  • If you are unwell or experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms such as a high fever and or a persistent cough or loss of taste or smell you must not attend the Practice for your COVID and/or flu vaccination, please telephone the Practice to reschedule your appointment
  • You should attend your COVID and/or flu vaccination appointment alone, unless you require a carer with you for support. This is to ensure that we can manage appropriate queues and Practice footfall to protect both valued patients and our staff
  • Vaccinations will be delivered in order of appointment time, not arrival time, therefore, you will only be allowed to queue up to a few minutes before your appointment start time
  • Please do not arrive late for your appointment, if you are late you may be asked to wait until the end of the COVID and/or flu clinic session to receive your vaccination
  • If you require seating whilst in the queue, please advise a member of staff upon arrival
  • The flu clinic queue will be co-ordinated from the Practice car park rear entrance at Darley Dale
    • Upon your arrival a member of staff will be available to mark your arrival.
    • Upon entry into the Practice you will be required to wear a face covering, unless you are exempt (you should provide your own face covering where possible)
    • After your COVID vaccination you will be asked to wait in the Practice waiting room for 15 minutes for observations

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