Flu Vaccine Poster
NHS Lanarkshire is experiencing a high volume of calls about this year’s flu vaccination programme. In response to the heightened enquiries Dr Mark Russell, Associate Medical Director Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire has issued a note of strong reassurance, and has asked for public support and patience.
Dr Russell said: “We understand that people are anxious and want to know when they will receive their flu vaccination. We would like to reassure the public that everyone who is eligible, will receive an appointment for their vaccination.
“We use the details from GP practice lists to identify who is eligible. If you have previously received the vaccine from your GP, then you will be on the list to receive it this year. If you are not sure if you are eligible, visit www.nhsinform.scot/flu and use the ‘How to get the flu vaccine in your area’ guide.”
From Monday 23 November 2020 we are moving to a patient-driven booking system. This means that if people who are eligible haven’t received their appointment by then, they can contact us directly to book. People can call 01698 687456 (Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.15pm) or email FluRebookingAppointments@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk with their name, address, date of birth and telephone number (preferably a mobile number).
Patient-driven booking does not apply to 2 to 5 year olds not in school.
We’ve had discussions with adjacent health boards, however there may be some issues that we are not aware of. If you become aware of issues with cross-boundary patients please inform your locality management team so we can look at local solutions to local problems.
This year, more than 300,000 people across Lanarkshire are eligible for the flu vaccine. These include:
- 2 to 5 years (not yet in school)
- Everyone aged under 65 at risk
- Everyone aged 65 and over
- People who have been shielding and members of their households
- 55 to 64 years (who are not otherwise eligible, if vaccine supplies allow later in the programme)
Dr Russell added: “We are appealing for your patience and understanding as we are vaccinating more people than usual, in a relatively short period of time. The programme will take longer than other years to deliver and we would like to reassure you that staff are working hard to make sure everyone gets their vaccination as soon as possible.”
The webpage www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/flu is updated regularly with local information.