**Flu 2021**

Updated 1st October 2021. 


We are aware that there has been a lot of speculation about Flu and Covid booster vaccinations on local social medial. We would like to clarify the position so that patients have accurate information.

The vaccine transformation programme in Scotland means that responsibility for delivering vaccines has moved from GPs and now sits with Health and Social Care Partnerships. This is the case for all practices in Scotland and not a decision specific to our practice or to NHS Lothian.

The vaccinations will be done at a site designated to vaccinate large numbers of people. Due to General Practice having to adopt different social distancing and hygiene measures from retail and hospitality venues this means that the vaccinations cannot be done at the medical practice.

Patients aged over 70 should receive an appointment in the post. The way that the appointments are being allocated means that patients may be invited to attend any one of the venues where vaccinations are taking place. If patients are unable to attend their allocated appointment they should phone the vaccination booking line on 0800 030 8013, the NHS Lothian Covid enquiry line on 0300 790 6296 or visit NHS Inform to rebook where a choice of dates and venues should be available.

Patients aged 50 or over (or will be by 31 March 2022) will, in time, be able to register online to book an appointment. Further details on how to do this will be available from NHS Inform in due course.

Patients who we know are housebound will be visited at home by the Community Vaccination Team but we have no details on when this will be.

Patients who are eligible to have both the Flu and Covid vaccinations may be offered both vaccines at the same time, but this is dependent on individual circumstances.

Some community pharmacies will be offering a limited number of appointments for flu vaccinations and patients should check with individual pharmacies to see if this service is being offered.

Please do not contact your GP. 


These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2021 and not yet in school)
  • anyone aged 50+
  • anyone aged 6 months and 2 years in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid and young carers
  •  social care workers who provide direct personal care
  • All secondary school children
  • teachers and pupil facing support staff
  • all prisoners and prison officers

Where can I get a flu vaccine if I’m not eligible for a free one?

You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.

Why should I get a flu vaccine?

With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine.

Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.

What do I do if I have a child at primary or high school school?

All primary and high school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform

If your child is going to miss their appointment at school, they will need to attend a 'mop up' clinic which will be set up. Please call 0131 446 4082, however this line will not be in use until early October.

What do I do if I have a child who is 2, 3, 4, or 5?

Children aged 2-5 should receive an appointment by letter from SIRS and on that letter there is a contact number if the appointment is not suitable  0131 659 2920 (Children must be age 2 or above on 1st September 2021)

The Edinburgh Vaccination Team are calling the parents of the at risk children aged 6 months and over to arrange an appointment at one of their routine clinics so you will not receive an appointment letter.

You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform



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