In 2021 we are especially concerned about the impact of the flu virus – a common respiratory virus that in a bad year can cause 20,000 deaths in the UK. In 2020/21 there was very little flu circulating, so natural population immunity will have reduced – this year it’s going to be very important to get your flu jab as soon as you can!

We are still maintaining Covid-protective measures at all NHS sites, so we will again deliver flu clinics at Caldbeck village hall, starting in September and spread over to the end of October.

You will receive either an SMS text or a letter inviting you to a specific date and either an AM or a PM clinic, please attend at this time and date if at all possible. If you are unable to attend at your designated time please attend on any alternative date, *after the date of your original invite*. (if you attend earlier we may not have enough vaccine and will have to turn you away).

In particular, *do not attend on the shielding session* unless you have been personally invited. Keeping this group of patients separate from others is of vital importance to their safety.

Please do not attend if you have not received a letter or SMS text invite. If you believe you are in an eligible group and have not been invited by 30th September please call us. We have just enough vaccine to cover our priority populations as above, and we will not be able to vaccinate anyone who is ineligible (and who would therefore pay for vaccination) until we are certain that the priority groups have all been vaccinated.

Current dates for flu clinics are as follows:

Tues 21st Sept PM only – SHIELDING ONLY & family contacts

Weds 22nd Sept AM & PM – Over 65s/ at-risk

Thurs 23rd Sept AM & PM– Over 65s/ at-risk

(there will be additional dates once we have confirmation of vaccine deliveries  – over 50s will be invited to these)

Clinics will run from 09:00-13:00 and 14:00 – 18:00 on each day. Hall access will be closed outside these times.

Please note that we will be using the hall side doors for entry & exit only, as the front steps aren’t suitable for limited-mobility access. All entry will be via the right hand door, and all exit via the left-hand door.

Thank you very much for helping us keep everyone safe !!!

Caldbeck Surgery