We have been working with other colleagues on this matter and have just had the confirmation below from the Department of Health which is a great breakthrough.
Mr Lynch said cost-cutting measures included reducing new domiciliary care packages and care home placements by two thirds and stopping the provision of community meals.
“We are pleased to confirm that last week NHS England announced that for this winter they will expand the GP and national pharmacy influenza vaccination service so that paid care workers in the independent and voluntary social
care sector are also able to access the flu vaccine via local GPs and pharmacies free of charge. This will supplement the existing responsibility of employers of these staff to ensure that they are vaccinated….. NHS England
will be confirming the mechanism for how care workers access the new free service shortly.”
“All social care providers, nursing homes, residential care homes and domiciliary care providers should ensure any of their staff directly involved in delivering care are offered immunisation, either as part of their existing occupational
health responsibilities, or the expanded GP and national pharmacy service when arrangements for this are confirmed. This will supplement the existing responsibility of employers of these staff to ensure that they are vaccinated
and we would urge you to ensure arrangements already in place to vaccinate care workers continue.”
Read the letter Seasonal influenza vaccination for care workers in the independent care sector