Councillors help reach the high risk with flu vaccine
Two Welwyn Hatfield councillors have been helping local nurses ensure high risk, housebound residents, receive their annual flu vaccinations.
This year it is more important than ever that people who are at high risk are vaccinated as they are also most risk from COVID-19.
Cllr Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Public Health, Governance and Climate Change and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Peter Hebden, stepped in to drive nurses to the homes of high priority patients registered with the Lister House and Garden City GP practices, to administer the vaccine.
These mobile flu vaccination clinics are a quick and convenient way to reach the most vulnerable groups in the local community.
Cllr Fiona Thomson said,
I'm delighted to help over 20 housebound patients receive their flu jab this morning. I drove the nurse to each address, saving them time and helping more residents become vaccinated in half the time.
Cllr Peter Hebden added,
Over 50 housebound elderly patients have been given their flu jab in half the time during the couple of days I've helped out. The nurse doesn't have to park and walk to the address. We drop them off at the address, wait for them and then we're off to the next patient.
Sarah Ellingworth Garden City Practice Manager said,
This year's flu campaign is more complex due to COVID and our clinical team has more home vaccinations to administer. So it is fantastic to have the support of an informal taxi service so our nurses can get round patients more quickly.
More people than ever before are entitled to a free NHS flu vaccination this year.
However, not everyone can be vaccinated at once, so the vaccination is being rolled out in phases so that those who are at the greatest risk from the virus, can be vaccinated first.
GP practices are contacting those who are eligible. People who are not in a priority group should wait until November to get their jab.
The full list of high priority groups can be found here.