Today, senior leaders in the NHS published a letter that was sent to all chief executives of NHS trusts highlighting the importance of healthcare workers protecting their patients, colleagues and families by getting vaccinated against flu.
The letter advises organisations to plan to offer every staff member the flu vaccine, in order to achieve the highest possible level of vaccination coverage this winter. There is an ambition of 100 per cent of healthcare workers with direct patient contact to be vaccinated.
The letter provides a best practice management checklist for healthcare worker vaccination and suggests approaches for ‘higher-risk clinical’ environments.
It also confirms that trusts are expected to continue to report uptake monthly during the vaccination season via ‘ImmForm’. This year trusts are also required to report how many healthcare workers with direct patient contact have been offered the vaccine and opted-out. This information will be published monthly by Public Health England on its website.
An example of an opt-out form has been provided which can be used for local adaption. The flu fighter team have gathered good practice over the past year on how some trusts have been recording opt-outs. If you would like us to share this good practice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHS England is offering the vaccine to social care workers free of charge this year. There are two letters to primary care and social care outlining these proposals in more detail.
The letter has been uploaded onto our webpages.
The flu fighter campaign has a number of resources to help with flu campaigning throughout the season, including seven elements of running a successful campaign, which is vital for a successful local flu fighter programme. If you require any support or further information, please contact us by emailing email@example.com.