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Extension of NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination to include Social Care Workers Update 20th November 2017

Date published: 20/11/2017

Please see attached letter from NHS England following the announcement that in the 2017/18 flu season it will support the delivery of flu immunisation for social care workers that offer direct patient care.

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 will be eligible for the new scheme.

NHSE colleagues will be sending the updated PGD and enhanced service document to all GP practices on the 20th November. There is a short turnaround time of two days for GPs to sign up to this service and return their paperwork. GP practices will only be able to vaccinate patients who are registered at their practice – (similar to any patient who is in a clinical ‘at risk’ category).

On 22/11/17, an email will then be sent to care social care organisations, for cascade to social care providers, to notify them that the service is now available for staff from their own GP or any pharmacy that has signed up to offer this additional service.

For more information visit this section of the NHS England website:

Kind regards

Paula McLachlan
Screening and Immunisation Manager
Public Health England South East
NHS England South East