Our staff flu vaccination uptake rate has seen an impressive increase compared to this time last year. So far, 70.5 per cent of our frontline staff have received a flu vaccine. Overall, 68.1 per cent of staff have been vaccinated, compared to 56.7 per cent in January 2020.
With Covid-19 in circulation, it has never been more important to stop the spread of flu and reduce the pressure on the NHS.
While the flu jab doesn't protect against Covid-19, it will help stop staff spreading flu to our patients, many of whom are vulnerable to both.
Vaccination also means less staff sickness from flu, reducing the pressure on our colleagues.
This year, we introduced peer vaccinators - trained staff who delivered the flu vaccine to colleagues in their place of work - making it much easier to have the jab. Alongside this, we also launched an online system for booking appointments, as well as holding drop-in sessions during evenings and weekends.