All frontline health and social care workers should get the winter flu vaccination - including all Personal Assistants (PAs). For the first time, this year, PAs will be able to access the vaccine free of charge from GPs and community pharmacies, via the NHS Complementary Scheme. This vaccination is available now. (Local availability may vary).
To access the scheme, your PAs will simply need to attend a GP surgery or community pharmacy and identify themselves as a PA. However, we are aware that individuals have been asked to provide proof in the past and we have therefore provided a letter that can be used for identification.
The process for PAs to access the flu vaccination, is as follows:
- Print the 'Letter of entitlement'
- You as your PA’s employer should fill out this letter, to prove you employ the PA. Give it to your PA. This will act as their ‘letter of entitlement’ to the vaccination.
- They will then need to visit their local GP or community pharmacist, who will be able to give them the flu vaccination. If they need to prove their entitlement, they can use the letter of entitlement.
- The vaccination will then be given to them, free of charge.
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