Flu vaccine and Coronavirus (Covid19)
Although flu activity was low during the last two years, more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the Covid19 pandemic. This is due to the lack of exposure to the flu virus last winter as a result of social distancing and shielding which was in place.
Working in the care sector, our colleagues come into contact with hundreds of patients, many of whom are vulnerable and often with underlying health conditions. We know that the risk of getting the flu or passing it on is high especially for our road based colleagues therefore, by getting the flu vaccine it means that they will be less likely to contract and spread the virus to the patients they care for.
This is why we are asking everyone to get vaccinated this year and are supporting them to do this by ensuring that they have access to a flu vaccination free of charge.
Although some of our colleagues will be contacted by their GP practice or local pharmacy to get the jab, we have also purchased flu vaccine vouchers from Boots to provide everyone with the opportunity to obtain the flu vaccine. The vouchers are being sent out by Boots to all colleagues who have requested them this week.
Along with the Covid19 vaccine, the flu jab will help protect not only our colleagues from getting sick but will reduce the risk of spreading flu to the patients they transport, colleagues and their family members.