Flu - latest information for care providers
In case you have missed it - it has been confirmed that the flu jab will be available free of charge to social care workers (in both care homes and home care) and a template letter has been provided.
The free flu vaccine is being targeted at staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, and health and care staff employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients aged 65 and over.
Care staff can ask their GP or a local pharmacist for the free flu vaccination. (It has been suggested that the pharmacist be the first point of call as some GPs may not have enough stocks of the vaccine to cope with the extra demand from care workers). The GP/pharmacist will probably want to see some proof that they work providing care for older people. They may also want to see ID such as a staff badge or payslip.
You can use THIS TEMPLATE which we suggest you adapt and print out on headed paper or add your official company stamp to.
We have created a new 'winter pressures' page on our website to hold this information.
More information about preparing for flu can be found in this special edition of the local care providers bulletin: