Flu Vaccinations Winter Season



Update (1) 20th August 2020


With the added pressure of COVID-19, this year’s campaign will be delivered in a different way than previous years. This is so we can ensure that both our patients and staff are kept safe, as well as enable us to deliver the programme to a much larger number of patients in an organised and planned way.


Venue: we are working hard to deliver our flu clinics from a more suitable venue than the surgery and have selected Butterknowle Village Hall for the purpose. This will allow for better social distancing and a smooth flow of patients using a separate entrance and exit etc. As you may know, the Village Hall has its own car park as well.


When: Flu vaccinations will be carried out in stages this year according to age and arrival of flu vaccines for each age group. As the vaccines are being delivered to us on different dates, we have had to plan the clinics accordingly. Please see the schedule at the end of this update.


Who can have a flu vaccine: NHS England have stipulated groups of patients eligible for the flu vaccination and information about this can be found here

It is important that you know this is the seasonal flu vaccination programme and NOT a COVID-19 vaccination programme. As you may already know, a COVID-19 vaccine is not currently available.


Appointment booking: there will be no walk-in clinics this year. All patients wanting to have a flu vaccination must book their appointment in advance. This will help us to safely manage a much larger number of patients (with COVID-19 safety measures in place) and monitor vaccine stocks. Appointments for flu clinics should be booked online. You will be able to book your appointment online from: 25th August 2020 onwards (May change subject to supply by Pharmaceutical Company producing the vaccines).  Please do not telephone the surgery to book a flu vaccination appointment, if you do, you will be asked to book it online. If you are not signed up for online services, please ensure you do this as soon as possible by asking our Receptionist to help you.


Keeping you updated: unfortunately, not all the information that you need has been made available to us yet by NHS England. We will continue to update the schedule below and post this on our website.


Flu vaccination clinic schedule (by appointment only):

Please wear a face mask when attending the clinic. If you have cold or flu like symptoms please DO NOT attend the clinic. Please stay at home until you are well again. If you are concerned about COVID-19 symptoms, then NHS 111 online will give you all the advice and information you need as well as an online assessment. If you don’t have the internet, please ring NHS 111.

Age group:

Flu vaccine:

Clinic dates:

65 years and over only

Adjuvanted Trivalent Influenza Vaccine by Seqirus UK Ltd. (aTIV)

12th September 2020 between 8.45am-12.00pm 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Butterknowle Village Hall.


16th September 2020

Between 9.30am-12.30pm 

Butterknowle Village Hall.


Children aged 2 and 3 years from 1st September 2020

Fluenz Tetra Nasal Spray flu vaccine by MedImmune UK Ltd/AstraZeneca. (LAIV).

To Be Advised

Butterknowle Village Hall.

At risk adults 18-64 years of age (asthma, diabetes, COPD, heart disease, pregnant, long-stay residential or care home, carer, living with someone who was an at risk shielding patient).

Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine by Sanofi. (QIV)

To Be Advised

Butterknowle Village Hall.

All patients 50 to 64 years of age

Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (NHS England supply, details awaited). Subject to supply and availability.

To Be Advised

Butterknowle Village Hall.


Have you had a pulse check?

If you would like a pulse check, please ask the Practice Nurse at the time of your flu vaccination.  You can see the display in our waiting room about the importance of pulse checks or visit the website: http://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/afa/uk/know-your-pulse

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