Flu Vaccination Campaign 2021/2022 & COVID Vaccination update

As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.

The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of50, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.

In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu jab to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.

Patients that are housebound or are care home residents, will be contacted and suitable arrangements will be made in due course.

Flu Clinics 2021/2022

We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.

Eligible patients will be sent a text message (in priority order) inviting them to telephone 0333 370 4113 to book their vaccination appointment at the Apple Tree Centre, Ifield Avenue Ifield Avenue RH11 0AFin Crawley.

Flu vaccination clinics starting from weeks commencing the 20th and 27th of September 2021 at the Apple Tree Centre.

Children’s Nasal Flu Vaccinations

Parents of eligible children (children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2019) will be sent a text message to advise them to make an appointment for their child ONLINE, by using the Southgate Medical Group website (a login is required, if you do not have a log in, please contact the surgery).
Nasal Flu vaccination clinics starting from October 2021 which will be located at Southgate Medical Group.

COVID Vaccinations

Patients aged 16 and over are now eligible for a COVID vaccination. If you would like to book your first vaccination or those patients wishing to book their second dose of the COVID vaccination, please telephone 0333 370 4110 or email abcltd.vaccine@nhs.net.

Parents of patients aged 12-15 years old will be contacted by their child’s school, informing them of their child being eligible to have a COVID vaccination in their setting. The individual schools will provide further information on this.

Booking lines

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers
  • have a serious long-term health condition, including:
    • respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
    • diabetes
    • heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
    • being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
    • chronic kidney disease
    • liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
    • a learning disability
    • problems with your spleen, for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

External websites for further information