Local community pharmacies extend NHS flu jab offer to care home workers
Following an update to the terms of the NHS Flu Vaccination Service, care home and domiciliary care workers can now receive their flu jab free of charge. Pharmacies across England, including all LloydsPharmacy stores, can now administer free vaccinations for any care workers that can present evidence of their employment, such as a work ID badge.
Registered employers of care homes and domiciliary care workers are being encouraged to support their health and social care staff (aged 18 years and over) who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients to get their flu jab as soon as possible.
Deep Patel, NHS Excellence Manager at Celesio UK said:
“Everybody knows about the vital role that care workers play in our society. They provide amazing levels of support and care to people that need it most. It is heartening to learn that the NHS has included them in the group eligible for free flu vaccinations. It’s important that we look after those people who take care of the most vulnerable patients.”
Since September, community pharmacy has been administering NHS flu jabs to protect people from flu this winter. As part of this year’s vaccination programme, community pharmacists in over 9,000 pharmacies (including 1500 LloydsPharmacy stores) across England have already provided over one million flu jabs as of 3rd November 2017*.
The NHS Flu Vaccination Service provided by community pharmacists offers people a convenient location in which to be vaccinated, often on a walk-in basis. This addition to the service will boost the uptake of flu vaccinations responding to pressures on frontline services this winter. It will help the NHS to ensure that many people as possible, who need the vaccination, receive it, helping to meet World Health Organization vaccination targets.