Flu guidance for social care
Social care staff and people who use our services are at risk from seasonal flu. It is important that they all access vaccinations. Find guidance, information and promotional resources for care providers and their staff.
This briefing aims to support care managers, occupational health leads, team leaders and care service owners to maximise take up of the flu vaccine by their eligible staff. It covers both residential and community-based services that are regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Unregulated services may also find the briefing valuable.
The briefing provides examples of how to arrange occupational health schemes, or access the NHS complementary scheme, as well as how to monitor and report on progress.
Care workers do not have to provide ID to access vaccinations by GPs or pharmacists, but it may be useful and reassuring for them to do this. Employers can use this template letter to provide proof of employment status.
How to use the template letter to provide proof of employment status to care staff accessing the NHS complementary flu vaccination scheme.
Guidance for social care employers, staff and personal assistants on the flu programme 2020/21.
Downloadable resources and communications toolkit to help promote the take up of flu vaccination amongst social care workers.
Guidance has been issued to GPs in England setting out how they can order more flu vaccines to ensure 30 million people can receive the jab this flu season.
According to the guidance, GPs “can place orders from mid-October with suppliers for the government-secured stock to be delivered from November. These vaccines will be provided to those at-risk groups like 65s and over, pregnant women and those with pre-existing conditions, as well as frontline health and social care workers.”
DHSC information on flu vaccine supplies. Direct quotes below:
“Overall, there is enough flu vaccine for everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated before the flu season starts, which is usually in December. Flu vaccine is delivered to GP practices, pharmacies and other services in batches in the run-up to and over flu season. This year, early demand for flu vaccine has been higher than usual.… some GP practices and pharmacies have used their early supplies of flu vaccine, due to the level of demand.”
The health and social care service’s most senior clinicians and leaders have urged their frontline colleagues to get their annual flu jab as soon as possible, as the first vaccine deliveries start to reach local employers this week.