Winter Flu Jab Services
Flu Jabs COVID-19 Arrangements 2020
Community pharmacies can only administer Flu Jabs for 18 years and above. For under 18s you should contact your GP.
YOU DO NOT NEED AN APPOINTMENT FOR A FLU JAB WITH US – But Pre-registration is required.
Procedure in advance of having your Flu Jab:
It is necessary to pre-register before you can receive your flu jab this year – Pre-register online for NHS or private Flu Jab below, (click here for NHS eligibility criteria) (or if you don’t have internet access collect a registration form from the pharmacy, and complete the questions at home prior to coming in for your flu jab. – NB If you or any household members, or recent contacts have COVID-19 symptoms, please delay coming to see us for 14 days, or until they have tested negative. A mask should be worn, hand sanitiser used on entry and exit, and social distancing observed throughout when visiting the pharmacy).
Following the recent destruction of our Covid safe external clean space by vandals, our capacity for large scale vaccination has been greatly impaired, we apologise if this means we are unable to vaccinate as many 50-64yr olds as we had hoped. Please do not blame the staff, it is not their fault. – Indeed it also impairs their lives significantly, as it gave them a C-19 safe environment to remove masks etc for breaks.
Procedure when you come in for your Flu Jab:
If you or any household members, or recent contacts have COVID-19 Symptoms, please delay coming to see us for 14 days, or until they have tested negative.
Available Monday to Friday only – Enter the pharmacy via the front door, and give your name (or hand the form) to the counter staff, they will instruct you where to wait. NB You may have to wait outside the pharmacy, therefore we strongly advise you to wear a coat and bring an umbrella if the weather is not good.
The pharmacist will call you when it is your turn, please follow their instructions. You might be treated in the bio-secure gazebo, behind the pharmacy, and access might be down the passageway beside the shop depending upon the situation at that time. The jab is administered into the very top of the arm (Deltoid muscle). The easiest, quickest and most comfortable way to access this area is if you wear very loose fitting clothes. Rolling up long sleeves will not give access to the required area – it is easier to pull any clothing down from the neck to access the top of the arm.
You will not be required to wait after your flu jab this year, as in the past, but you should have access to a mobile phone to call for help, should you have a reaction to the injection. This is extremely rare, but can happen within a few minutes of anyone receiving any vaccination at any time. If you do not have a phone, we would advise you to stay within easy reach of the pharmacy. However because of COVID-19 statutory rules, you cannot wait within the pharmacy at any time.
Exit by the route shown by the staff (this might be via the car-park) to minimise any contact with other patients.
We have significantly streamlined the service this year, to remove potential risks and delays, it will be a faster service, but possibly slightly less convenient for you and for the staff, we do apologise that it is not the same. You can rest assured that the whole team will endeavour to give the best service they can, and I would request that you follow the directions from the staff closely, this is to protect us all, and to keep our community safe. If you have any questions or concerns please phone us. Thank you.
Patient Information Leaflets for flu jabs
Click here to download Patient information leaflet for Flucelvax Tetra – which is used in those 18-64 years old.
Click here to download Patient information leaflet for Adjuvanted Trivalent Influenza Vaccine – which is used in those over 64 years old. It contains an additional ingredient to improve the imune response to the vaccine.
Private flu vaccination
If you’re not eligible for the free NHS flu jab, we offer a private Winter Flu Jab Service for customers aged 18 and over at £14.99.
Click here to download a pdf copy of this information
Why get a flu jab?
If you want help to stay healthy and prevent the spread of flu among family, friends and work colleagues, taking advantage of the winter flu jab at Datchet pharmacy is a good first step. Flu is contagious and it can be passed through coughing, sneezing or by touching contaminated surfaces. Most flu outbreaks usually happen in late autumn or winter, and, for most people, it’s an unpleasant but not a life-threatening condition.
What protection will the flu jab provide?
No vaccine is 100 percent effective, but being vaccinated is likely to give you effective protection against the strains of flu virus contained in the vaccination. This includes swine flu. Following the vaccination, it takes around 14-21 days to be protected against flu.
Benefits of the service
• Convenient: No appointment needed, just pop into the pharmacy Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm.
• Flexible: No appointment needed, just pop into the pharmacy.
• Advice: Get any questions answered by our pharmacist
* For customers aged up to 65. For those aged 65+, NHS Winter Flu Jab Services use a different vaccine that is recommended for this age group, subject to availability