NHS England has begun its annual push for workers in health and care to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.
NHS bosses have encouraged their frontline staff to get the vaccination, and deliveries have started this week. Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said:
“Every year we urge our colleagues to protect themselves, their families and their patients by taking up the free flu jab, and every year more and more do – but this year’s call is the most vital we have ever made.
“The flu has a serious impact on the health of thousands of people every winter, and with the added risk of COVID-19 this year the NHS needs as many of its staff as possible to be fighting fit over the coming months. So, we must also do the same for flu. Getting a vaccine is the single most effective way every member of our staff can contribute to this.”
To drive the point home, May has written an open letter to all NHS staff alongside: the NHS National Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis, Dr Nikki Kanani, Medical Director of Primary Care, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Midwifery Officer, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief People Officer Prerana Issar and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Keith Ridge.
Read the NHS press release for more information.