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Flu Vaccine 2021

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.

 

People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.

 

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 require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.

 

Please do not contact your GP. 

 

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

Light at the end of the tunnel ...... 89.8% of our patients over 16 years old have had the first vaccines and 80.9% have had both vaccines against coronavirus.

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 PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE PRACTICE TO ASK FOR A COVID VACCINATION PASSPORT OR STATUS CERTIFICATE.

They will not be able to provide any standard document.   International certification standards have not yet been agreed.  

The Scottish Government is working to support the re-opening of international travel once it is safe to do so.   We are working with the other UK Nations and with the World Health Organisation to agree on potential future COVID certification requirements for international travel.

As part of this, we are developing a technical solution that could allow people to access their Covid vaccination status directly. 

Drop in clinics at mass vaccination clinics will now see any patient aged 16+

Further details for drop in clinics and for further guidance for <18's can found here: Vaccination Clinics (nhslothian.scot)

 

GREEN IMPACT FOR HEALTH

The practice is delighted to be signed up to the Green Impact for Health Toolkit and is actively taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint.   

Take a look at www.greenerpractice.co.uk to learn more about this.

Dr Mather and Dr Barrett had a green adventure! Read here

Attention parents and carers of Midlothian children aged 2-5 years.

If you are registered with Quarryfoot Practice, Strathesk Medical Group, Dalhouise Medical Practice, Loanhead Medical Practice, Danderhall Medical Practice and Dalkeith Medical Practice and you have not received your letter or you have missed an appointment for your child’s flu vaccine you are welcome to come along to our clinic.

The clinic is on Friday 22nd October 2021 at Newbattle Community Learning Centre, 67 Gardiner Place, Newtongrange, EH22 4RT from 8.30am – 4pm.

We will also have clinics for children to attend on Saturday 6th November again at Newbattle Community Learning Centre from 8.30am – 4pm and on Saturday 13th November at Ikea, Straiton from 9am – 4pm. No appointment is necessary.

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