07 December 2017

Flu jab: Are you eligible for vaccination?

Flu jab

Influenza can be a serious condition and some of us are especially at risk from infection. Following a policy review, NHS England are extending their 'flu vaccination scheme to include homecare workers.

A letter from NHS England, dated 22 November 2017, confirms that the scheme is now active and gives further details about how and where to access 'flu jabs for homecare workers.

You can find the full details here.

Who's eligible?

"Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza, meaning those patients/clients in a clinical risk group or aged 65 years and over."

What do I do if I'm eligible?

NHS England recommend that staff contact their community pharmacy or GP practice to check they are providing the service, before attending. For GP practices, this has to be the member of staff’s registered practice.

Homecare workers going for vaccinations will need to provide identification which shows their name and their employers' name. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • An employee ID badge
  • A letter from an employer proving current employment
  • A recent pay slip

Remember, this applies specifically to those working in Complex Care/Homecare services in England. Different rules apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Need help or advice?

If you have any questions about flu vaccinations or any other clinical matters, don’t forget you can always contact one of our Nurse Advisors in the Clinical Governance Team via clinical.governance@newcrosshealthcare.com