This year here at Imeary Street Surgery, we are planning our biggest flu campaign to date.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our main priority is to keep our patients and staff safe and so this is the reason we have opted for appointments only this year as opposed to our usual Open Access clinics. Instructions for attending your appointment are at the bottom of this page.
We will only be offering pre-booked appointments. These will be held at Maxwell Hall (church hall), West Stevenson Street, South Shields, which is on the opposite side of the road to the surgery and slightly set back. It can be clearly seen from the practice.
As our practice premises are very small, holding our flu clinics at Maxwell Hall allows us to maintain social distancing to help keep us all as safe as possible. The clinics will be clearly sign-posted. The vaccinations will take place inside the main church hall at ‘vaccination stations’ so please bear in mind when dressing for your appointment that there will be others in the hall receiving their flu vaccination at the same time. Please try and wear a short-sleeved top to give us easy access to your upper arm.
We do hope you understand that your safety is paramount to us and hope you will support our decision to hold our clinics off site. We will ensure all of the usual safety measures are in place such as defibrillator, emergency drugs, oxygen etcetera and will ensure social distancing is in place and make hand sanitising stations available.
Eligibility for flu vaccinations at the practice this year
- Aged 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021)
- Aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group (below):
– Long term respiratory disease, such as severe asthma
– Long term pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
– Long term heart disease, such as heart failure
– Long term kidney disease at stage three, four or five
– Long term liver disease
– Learning disability
– Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
– A weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or cancer treatment
– Long term neurological disease such as Parkinson’s or Motor Neurone Disease
– Morbidly obese (BMI 40 or above)
- Pregnant women
- Carers – those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
- People living in long stay residential care homes
- Children aged 2 to 3 on 31st August 2020
Children’s flu vaccinations
Flu vaccinations for children are estimated to be available by the end of September. We will proactively contact parents of all eligible children once delivery has been confirmed.
Home visits for housebound patients
Our community nurses will be providing essential home visits for patients to have their vaccination in their own home if they are unable to attend the surgery.
Patients aged 50-64 with no health conditions who are NOT at risk will not be getting vaccinated until November/December, providing there are sufficient vaccines. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.
Important information when attending for your vaccination
Please follow these instructions when attending the practice for your appointment:
- Attend on your own unless you need help mobilising
- Please wear a face covering
- Do not arrive early or late for your appointment; we have a strict number of patients to minimise queuing times
- There will be no seating areas available so if you think you may struggle with this please contact reception in advance
- Please wear appropriate clothing which makes it easy to expose your upper arm for the injection