Covid booster and Flu vaccines for patients at Hedge End Medical Centre

This year, patients in the at risk groups will be offered a flu vaccine at Hedge End Medical Centre, and a Covid vaccine centrally with the Primary Care Network (venue to be confirmed, but possibly Bursledon Surgery).

We will be texting or writing to all patients who are eligible for the vaccines.

Our intention is to offer flu vaccine appointments for over 18s on Saturday 18th September, Sunday 19th September, Saturday 16th October and Sunday 17th October. Depending on supplies, we may then organise more clinics. Children's flu vaccines will be available during October - we are allocated these vaccines so cannot yet confirm the dates. This page will be updated as we know more.

How to book your Flu vaccine appointment

When you receive your text or letter to book your flu vaccine, please use the NHS App, or Patient Access to book online. If you don't have access to online appointment booking, you can call the practice any weekday beteween 10.30 and 12.30, or 3.30 and 4.30 (option 4) to book using our flu hotline. You can also use this telephone availiability to ask questions if this website hasn't answered them. By only allowing bookings and questions via the flu hotline on option 4, the normal phone lines won't be blocked for patients who are needing medical help.

We will also be offering the Pneumonia vaccine for patients who are eligible.

We know we are offering the flu vaccine much earlier than usual, but the evidence shows that this year's flu season will be much earlier, and affect around 40% more people than normal, so we felt it was important to give good coverage earlier.

If you are not able to make the dates we have available, you can either wait for future clinics, or book elsewhere.

If you are housebound (i.e. never leave the house due to disability or frailty), we are able to offer the flu vaccine to you at home. If we are already aware you are housebound, this will happen automatically (you will be contacted beforehand by telephone). If you are newly housebound, or unsure, please call the flu hotline during the availability hours.

How to book your Covid booster appointment

Eleigible patients will receive a text when they are able to book. The text will contain a link to book the appointment. If you don't have a mobile phone, or are unable to use the internet on your phone, letters will be sent. There will be a telephone number you can ring to book your Covid booster appointment.

You will need to leave at least 6 months between your second Covid vaccine and the booster. We will work this out for you and invite you at the correct time. Eligible patients will be those who were previously eligible, plus the high risk children aged 12-17.

We don't yet know which vaccine will be provided, but will update this page as we know more.

If you have not yet had your second Covid vaccine, or not yet received your first (and are eligible), this service will also be able to vaccinate you. There is no need to let us know, you will automatically get an invite.

Further information

Please keep checking this page for more information.

UPDATED: 3rd August 2021

Published: Jul 20, 2021