This year the flu vaccinations will be undertaken very differently.  Due to the restrictions imposed on us by COVID-19 Edinburgh Practices will not be running flu vaccination clinics at the surgery.  Instead Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership are providing drive through vaccination centres.  For those that cannot drive or be driven walk through clinics will also be provided (walk through venues are yet to be confirmed but when these are the information will appear here).  Each centre will be used by patients of several medical practices.

 Eligibility Criteria:

The following people are eligible for a flu vaccination this year:

  •        anyone aged 65 or over on 31/3/21 .
  •        anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups (eg chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver or     neurological disease, asplenic/spleen dysfunction; reduced immunity due to disease or   treatment; diabetes and asthma (only if on steroid inhalers), or a BMI greater than 40.
  •        those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  •        pregnant women
  •        healthcare workers
  •        unpaid and young carers
  •        social care workers who provide direct personal care

 Additionally :

  •        all primary school children will be vaccinated at school
  •        children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school) will be   vaccinated at special hubs around the city. Details will follow.
  •        Patients who are aged 55 to 64 should be able to obtain a vaccine once the above groups have been vaccinated, probably from December 2020.  Details will be published separately for this group in November.


Our nominated site is :

Allermuir Health Centre, 165 Colinton Mains Drive, EH13 9AF (opposite Tescos).

Map showing Allermuir Health Centre

Dates to Attend

Please choose any one of the following dates to attend:

  • Saturday 7th NovemberSunday 8th November
    Saturday 14th NovemberSunday 15th November

Note:  Please check this website (updated until 1700 on Fridays) or the NHS Inform website  here (updated over the weekends) prior to setting off for your flu vaccine, just in case it has had to be cancelled or adjusted (due to inclement weather etc).  Thank you.

Times to attend:

Timeslots have been allocated according to surname.  No appointment is required.

Please come at the time next to the first letter of your surname. If there is more than one person in the car, come at the time allocated by the surname of the driver.


Time to attend

A – B

9 - 10am

C - D

10 - 11am

E - H

11am - 12noon

I – L

12noon - 1pm

M – N

1 - 2.30pm

0 – R

2.30 - 3.30pm

S – U

3.30 - 4.30pm

V - Z

4.30 - 5.30pm


What should I do when I arrive?

  •       Arrive on time - please don’t come early
  •       Please come at the time set aside for the first initial of your surname. If more than one person in the group is getting a flu vaccine, come at the time for one of the group.
  •       Wear short sleeves if possible
  •       Have your sleeve rolled up by the time you get to the front of the queue
  •       All eligible people from your household should come together if possible
  •       Follow the signs
  •       Before you receive your flu vaccine, you will be asked some questions to check it’s safe for you to get the vaccine
  •       Please let us know if you’ve had a reaction to a vaccination in the past
  •       You may have to wait in a queue, please be patient
  •       After you have received your flu vaccine, please wait in the spaces set aside and wait for 15 minutes before leaving. This is to make sure you don’t have an early reaction and that you’re safe to drive off afterwards


What else do I need to know?

  •          you do not need to come to the first date available to you – there will be enough vaccines on any date you attend. Often the first clinic is the busiest
  •          if you feel unwell or have a temperature, do not come to the walk through site. Wait until you are well and attend at a later date
  •          there are no toilet facilities available
  •          the team giving the vaccinations are trained professionals who will be wearing protective clothing and equipment to protect both you and them
  •          the systems put in place will get people vaccinated as safely and quickly as possible

if you feel unwell after receiving your flu vaccine, please let one of the team know as soon as possible

Consent form for Children under 18 at risk receiving the Nasal Flu Vaccine.

  If you have been telephoned and given a time to visit for this vaccine please download the consent form here and bring it to your appointment.  

Under 18s Flu Vaccine Consent Form PAGE 1

Under 18s Flu vaccine Consent form PAGE 2

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