Kennet and Avon Medical Partnership (KAMP) flu vaccination clinics are to be held on Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th of October, on Marlborough College’s Parade Ground and Water Meadows. It is hoped that between 1300 and 1500 people per day will receive the vaccine.
Only those people who have received a letter should attend at the time stated in the letter. Invitations have been sent out in order of priority with the most clinically vulnerable first. If you are 65 or over and have no medical problems you may not have received a letter yet.
There is no news about whether the under 65’s will be offered the vaccine despite this being widely publicised in the press a few weeks ago.
Amy Lacey, Practice Manager, told Marlborough.news, “The invitation letter is a golden ticket into the queue. This year is like no other and we have put arrangements in place to avoid crowded waiting rooms and to allow for social distancing, fresh air and ventilation. There will 5 marshals to direct people with over 30 staff working on both Saturdays to ensure a smooth operation.”
A marquee will be erected on the Water Meadows and the process is essentially a walk through. People are advised to dress appropriately to allow access to their upper arm. There are no changing facilities. There will be seats for the frail and elderly.
Amy hopes that, if everyone keeps to their time allocated, then the whole process should take no longer than 5 to 10 minutes.
There is a drive-through flu vaccination facility for those with very limited mobility. However, due to health and safety, the driver of the car cannot be vaccinated. If you think you qualify for a drive through vaccine you should phone the number on your invitation letter.
Whether additional flu clinics will be run depends entirely on whether or not the practice is able to obtain further flu vaccines. Many local pharmacies are also offering the flu vaccine free to those who are 65 before the end of March 2021 and, at a cost of around £8 – £13.99, to the under 65’s.