Seasonal Flu Vaccine 2020/21
Final over 65 flu vaccine arrangements
The seasonal flu vaccination programme 20/21 of patients aged over 65 is now winding down.
If you fall into this group and, for whatever reason, have yet to be vaccinated, please call the Adult Flu Line on 0800 707 6699, up to the 17th of December.
If you havent arranged an appointment after the 17th of december, you should contact a participating community pharamcy to receive your vaccine. A list of participating community pharmacies can be found here.
60-64 year old drop in flu clinics
Please see the below link regarding drop in flu clinics for all 60-64 year olds. This is for any patient aged 60-64- you do not need a qualfying medical condition for these flu vaccine clinics.
Final Flu Vaccine Appointments
*For the attention of patients aged 18-64 with a qualifying medical condition only*
By now all of our patients who fall into the above category have been invited on two occasions by text message to book an appointment to have their annual flu vaccine. Those few who are not signed up to our text message service have been contacted directly over the phone.
If you have still not booked your appointment to get your annual flu vaccine, we still have availability on the mornings of Friday 4th December and Friday 11th December. Please be aware that these dates are the final opportunity for you to receive your flu vaccine for this season- after this we do not have any more dates and will be unable to offer you a vaccine.
Patients aged 18-64 with a qualifying medical condition
We are delighted to now be able to share with you information regarding the vaccinating of patients aged 18-64 who have a qualifying medical condition. Many of you will have received a text message about this already.
Our patients will be able to book appointments on MONDAYS, starting from 26/10/20. Vaccinations will be delivered at POLLOK HEALTH CENTRE. Sessions will alternate from AM and PM, with AM sessions running from 08:45- 12:15 and PM sessions from 12:45- 16:15. A maximum of 35 patients can be appointed and vaccinated per session. Please ensure you arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your appointment and wear loose fitting clothing. For directions to pollok health centre please see this link.
The vaccinations will be co-ordinated by the team at Merrylee Medical Centre, so please call us to book your appointment. Pollok HC is only being used as a venue to deliver the vaccines and they have no role in the administrative side of the process so PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THEM!
Our reception team have a list of patients in this category who qualify for a vaccine. They will be able to advise you if you are on this list, and will be unable to book an appointment if you are not. If you are not on this list but feel strongly you have a condition which qualifys you for a vaccination then the team will pass your details to a doctor to be reviewed.
The overall goal this year is that all patients over 55 years will get a vaccine, regardless of if they have a qualifying medical condition. However, at the moment we are only able to book and appoint those patients aged over 55 who have a qualifying condition. If you are aged 55 -64 without a underlying medical condition you will be contacted by the helathboard later in the years regarding arrangements for vaccination.
This is the first year the influenza vaccination programme has been delivered in this way and there may be some teething problems. The entire team across the health board and indeed the country are dealing with an unprecedented set of circumstances. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
We have received some updated information regarding the sesonal influenza vaccination programme for this year, which we are delighted to be able to share with you below.
Flu clinics commenced this week- beginning 28/9/20. All patients who are 65 years old and over will be shortly receiving letters with allocated appointments. If a patient in this age group requires to reschedule an appointment, or if they have not received an appointment by the end of October, they can contact 0141 201 4180.
Patients aged 55-65 will be contacted by the health board with information on how they will receive their vaccination in the next 8-10 weeks.
Housebound patients will be vaccinated in their homes by a dedicated team. These patients have also started to be contacted. This team were provided the names of housebound patients by the practice, based on their medical records.
Childhood vaccines- GPs will not be delivering any under 18 flu vaccines. Please see the below categories-
Aged 6-24 months with a health condition; Parents of children in this category will be contacted by the pre-school immunisation team to be advised of their allocated appointment.
Age 2-5 (not yet at school); All parents/ carers of 2-5 year olds will receive a letter with an allocated appointment in the next 8-10 weeks. If you need to rearrange your appointment, you can call 0141 201 4190.
Primary School Aged Children; All primary school aged children will be immunised in school between the start of October and mid December. Parents should have already received a consent pack from the school to be returned. If, for unavoidable reasons, a child misses their flu immunisation, they will be given a flyer with information on how to arrange a further appointment. Enquires about vaccinations for school age children can be directed to the schools by telephoning 0141 532 8768 or by emails on SchoolimmunisationTeam.SouthGlasEastRen@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
12-17 year olds with a health condition, young carers and household contacts of those who are shielding- These patients (or their parent/carer) should telephone 0141 532 8768 in order to make an appointment for their flu vaccination.
Pregnant Woman- All pregnant women will be offered flu vaccines through maternity services. Please contact your midwife if you have any questions regarding this.
We are unfortunately still awaiting confirmation of plans to vaccinate our patients aged between 16-55 who have a health condition which would make them eligible for a flu vaccination. We will share further information with you as soon as it is available to us.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine 2020/21
This years seasonal influenza programme is going to be challenging due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. Many thousands of people will be needing immunised across the health board, and this needs to be done safely and in line with all necessary social distancing precautions. As such, there will be significant changes to how this is delivered this year.
Seasonal influenza vaccines are thus not going to be administered in Merrylee Medical Centre as they usually would be. The appointment and administration of vaccines will be overseen directly by the health board.
All of our patients aged over 65 will be asked to attend vaccination appointments at Thornliebank Health Centre. These will be on saturdays or sundays only, between 08:30 and 17:45. We are still waiting on the exact details as to when these will start, but patients will be contacted directly regarding this by the health board- please do not contact Thornliebank Health Centre regarding appointments as they simply being used as a venue-they are not involved in the booking and administration of appointments. For directions to thornliebank health centre, please see this link.
We are still waiting on exact details for our patients aged 18-64, who would otherwise qualify for a seasonal influenza vaccine. We can anticipate that an arrangement similar to that proposed above the over 65 cohort of patients will be put forward. We will update this page when we have further information.
The vaccination of school aged children will be arranged through schools.