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Flu voucher scheme update
Date
Thu, 18 Aug 2022
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A reminder that flu champions will be in contact with line managers for their respective service area to collate the numbers in their team that require a free flu voucher this autumn.  

Voucher requirements should be sent to flu champions by Tuesday, 30 August 2022 at the latest so that orders can be processed. 

Please note, for those staff that are eligible for the free NHS jab, which now includes all adults aged 50 to 64, colleagues should be encouraged to access their flu vaccine either through their GP or local pharmacy this autumn rather than request a free voucher. Invites for eligible people to take up the offer of the NHS flu vaccine are expected from 1 September 2022. For updates and information visit: Flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 

Colleagues should be aware that the best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading. Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 autumn booster vaccines. If an individual is offered both vaccines, it is safe to have them at the same time according to the NHS. People are advised to not delay booking a flu vaccine appointment if they get an invite so that they can get both vaccines together. 

For reference, the eligible NHS groups are: 

  • All children aged two or three years on 31 August 2022 
  • All primary school aged children (from reception to Year 6) 
  • Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups 
  • Pregnant women 
  • Those aged 65 years and over 
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes 
  • Carers 
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals 
  • Frontline staff employed by the following types of social care providers without employer led occupational health schemes: 
  • a registered residential care or nursing home 
  • registered domiciliary care provider 
  • a voluntary managed hospice provider 
  • Direct Payment (personal budgets) or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants. 

In addition, the NHS is widening the offer of the free flu vaccine to more eligible groups this autumn. This offer will only be made after the other priority cohorts have been offered their jabs. 

The extra groups will be: 

  • All adults aged 50 to 64 years 
  • Secondary school children in Years 7, 8, 9, who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first) 

These groups are asked not to come forward until further information is announced by the NHS.

For more information on the council's flu voucher scheme and flu champions, visit the intranet page: Intranet - Flu voucher scheme (eastriding.gov.uk)

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