November 14 – A fresh drive has been launched to encourage NHS staff to get the flu vaccine amid concerns of poor take up rates. Trade union leaders, senior doctors and senior nurses have all signed a letter pleading with staff to agree to vaccination. Last year barely a third of those who work directly with patients had the vaccine.
Signatories include Janet Davies, of the Royal College of Nursing, Gail Adams, Unison’s head of nursing and Cathy Warwick, president of the Royal College of Midwives. The statement says: “It’s vital that staff protect themselves, their families and those in their care. We want having the vaccine to become routine and to be seen to be as important and fundamental as good hand hygiene in protecting the most vulnerable in our care. This simple act could save lives, including health workers and their families.”
Dean Royles, director of NHS Employers, said thousands of staff had already been vaccinated. He said: “The momentum is still strong and we need to build on this because there is an urgent need to get more staff vaccinated before the flu season truly gets underway. We hope many more staff will request their jab now to build their immunity.”
Source: Englemed Newsroom
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