FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2021
The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.
From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.
Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian - East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine you will get a letter from NHS Scotland. This will either give you an appointment date and time at one of the flu vaccination clinics in Lothian, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.
If you are eligible for a Covid booster, you may get this at the same time as your flu jab, but this is not guaranteed, and you may have to attend two separate appointments.
If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online at NHS Inform. Alternatively, you can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.
Please do not contact your GP.
If you are housebound, your jabs will be given to you by the housebound team, and they will be in touch to arrange this.
You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform.
MISSING COVID VACCINATION APPOINTMENT DETAILS
You should contact NHS Scotland if you think you should have received an invitation to your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination appointment by now, or if you have lost your invitation letter. You can do this by completing an online form. Please click on the link below for more details:
Missing Covid-19 vaccination appointments
If you have any questions about the Covid Vaccine, please visit NHS Inform, or call the National Covid Vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
There is no need for you to contact the practice.
VACCINATIONS ACROSS LOTHIAN
Invitations to mass vaccinations centres are being administered nationally and are separate from the GP programme.
For more information about the vaccination programme please see:
NHS LOTHIAN'S VACCINE HUB ON THEIR WEBSITE
TRANSPORTATION TO VACCINE
HandiCabs have kindly offered free transport to anyone with mobility challenges to get to their vaccine. Please click here for details.
COVID VACCINATION PASSPORT
Please do not contact the Practice to ask for Covid vaccination passport or status certificate - we will not be able to provide any standard document. International standards have not yet been agreed.