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.

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Notes to editor
Further information about NHS flu vaccinations
More details on the annual programme for flu vaccination is included in the annual flu letter:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-flu-immunisation-programme-plan
NHS England announced the extension of the community pharmacy scheme to Care Home and Domiciliary care workers as part of their new proposals to manage winter pressures on 17th October 2017.
Additional background information on the additional group for the pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service is available on the PSNC website: psnc.org.uk/flu
About LloydsPharmacy
LloydsPharmacy has around 1,800 pharmacies across the UK. These are based predominantly in community and health centre locations and include 277 LloydsPharmacy in Sainsbury’s branches. The company employs over 19,000 staff and dispenses more than 150 million prescription items annually.
LloydsPharmacy is part of the Celesio UK family which is owned by McKesson Corporation as part of McKesson Europe.
Celesio UK is a leading provider of integrated healthcare services to the NHS specialising in medicines, pharmaceutical care and primary care patient services.
McKesson Europe operates in 13 European countries with 39,000 employees. Every day, the company serves over 2 million customers – at more than 2,100 pharmacies of its own, at about 300 managed pharmacies and at over 5,700 participants in the brand partnership schemes. With 110 own and seven managed wholesale branches in Europe, McKesson Europe supplies more than 55,000 pharmacies and hospitals every day with up to 130,000 pharmaceutical products.
McKesson Corporation, San Francisco, USA, is the majority shareholder in McKesson Europe. McKesson is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information technology.