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Flu Vaccine Programme 2021

Update – Health & Social Care Staff Only

The NHS have commenced this years flu vaccine programme for Health & Social Care Workers. You will be eligible for this if you work in:

  • residential care for adults
  • residential care and secure care for children
  • primary and community care settings and community clinics
  • a person’s own home, in the community or daycare centre

In addition to the Flu Vaccine Frontline health and social care workers aged 16 years and over are eligible for coronavirus booster vaccination. This includes:

  • Healthcare staff and social care workers providing direct care and treatment, including those who have face-to-face contact and provide physical care or treatment.
  • Non-clinical healthcare staff, including those who come into contact with the personal belongings, physical tissue or body fluids of patients, residents or clients. This also includes domestic staff, porters, catering, laundry and receptionists or ward clerks.
  • Social care staff in long-stay care facilities, including those who work in long-stay (over 8 weeks) residential and nursing care homes, for example, domestic staff, porters, catering, laundry and receptionists.

The booster dose can be offered any time at least 6 months after your second dose.

Book your vaccination online – Eligible Health & Social Care Only

You can log in to book using the same username and password details you set up for your first two doses of coronavirus vaccine. Login – Customer Service (nhs.scot)

If you’re eligible for both the flu and coronavirus booster vaccinations, you only need to book one appointment.

If you have lost or forgotten your username or password, you can create new ones by selecting the ‘recover username‘ or ‘forgotten your password‘ options.

If you have never received a unique username, you can sign up for one by using the ‘recover username‘ option.

What is the Flu?

Flu (influenza) is a common infectious respiratory illness. You can catch flu all year round, but it’s especially common in winter. This year our immunity to flu may be lower than usual. The flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to help protect against flu. It will also help reduce the risk of spreading flu to others.

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19) will both be spreading this autumn and winter. Flu is a respiratory virus so it has similar symptoms to coronavirus.

Who will be offered the NHS flu vaccine?

This year the NHS are extending the annual flu vaccination programme which will begin in September. The people most at risk from flu will be prioritised for the vaccine.

NHS have recommended that the following groups of people have the free flu vaccine this year:

• Adults aged 50 or over (or will be by 31 March 2022)
• Pregnant women
• People aged 6 months or over with an eligible health condition
• Healthcare workers
• NHS independent contractors including GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists and laboratory staff (working on coronavirus testing) and support staff
• Social care workers who deliver direct personal care
• Unpaid and young carers
• Nursery, primary and secondary school teachers and pupil facing support staff in both a Local Authority and Independent setting
• Prisoner population
• Prison officers and support staff who deliver direct front-facing detention services

Why should I get a flu vaccination?

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine and gives the best protection against flu. It’s offered every year for free by the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, although there’s still a chance you might get flu after having the vaccine. If you do get flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and not last as long.

Having the flu vaccine will also stop you spreading flu to other people who may be more at risk of serious problems from flu.

How do I get my vaccination?

The NHS flu vaccination programme will commence in September.

Those aged 70 or over will be contacted directly by their local NHS health board with details about their appointment.

Staff based in Schools (including school based nurseries) will receive their vaccine at the same time the NHS are in delivering the vaccine to the children/young people. Further information on the arrangements for this will be provided to you by your line manager.   

Eligible staff in Health & Social Care and non-school based nurseries will receive their vaccine at an agreed site. Further information on the arrangements for this will be provided to you by your line manager. 

For all other eligible individuals’ further information on how to arrange your flu vaccine will be made available soon. Please do not phone your GP practice or NHS 24 for this information.

Non Eligible Staff

If you do not meet the criteria to qualify for a free flu vaccination though the NHS, you can arrange to get a private flu vaccination at a number of local pharmacies and some retailers such as ASDA, TESCO and Superdrug for between £8 and £15.  This service can be booked directly on participating pharmacies/retailers’ websites or by calling the pharmacy directly. See below for further information on some of the providers.  

Boots flu jab

This year’s flu jab at Boots costs £14.99, and appointments can be booked here. 

It will ask you which country you are booking your appointment in, your age age group and your postcode to find your nearest Boots vaccine site. 

Lloyds/Sainsbury’s Pharmacy flu jab

Lloyds Pharmacies are often found within your local Sainsbury’s.  This year’s flu jab at Lloyds Pharmacy costs £14.99 and appointments can be booked here.

It will ask you which country you are booking your appointment in, your age age group and your postcode to find your nearest Lloyds vaccine site.

Asda flu jab

This year’s flu jab at Asda costs £8, and information about booking appointments can be found here.  Appointments can be booked by phoning your local Asda pharmacy. 

Tesco flu jab

This year’s flu jab at Tesco’s costs £9, and appointments can be booked here.

It will ask you for location to find your nearest store offering the jab. 

Superdrug flu jab

This year’s flu jab at Superdrug costs £13.99 and information about appointments can be found here.

You can book an appointment by scanning the QR code on their website or contacting your local Superdrug pharmacy.

Reimbursement

If you have received a private flu vaccination you can claim back the amount you paid for the vaccination using mySelf and this will be reimbursed in your next available pay. Please note that as it stands currently you will be taxed on this amount. You will need to provide a receipt to evidence the amount you paid for the flu vaccine in order to be reimbursed. A copy of the receipt can either be uploaded via myself or emailed to the ESC-HelpDeskTeam@northlan.gov.uk.

Questions

If you require any further information or assistance please email ESC-HelpDeskTeam@northlan.gov.uk or EmployeeRelationsTeam@northlan.gov.uk

Updated on 24th September 2021

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