Influenza: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Judith Cummins Judith Cummins Labour, Bradford South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who are shielding will be able to receive a flu vaccination.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

General practitioners and other National Health Service providers have been asked to prioritise flu vaccination for all those who are in the defined clinically vulnerable groups documented in the national guidance. In addition, this season household contacts of those who are on the shielded patients list are also eligible for a free NHS vaccine to allow us to offer additional protection.

NHS England and NHS Improvement will be introducing a call and recall service to ensure that all eligible individuals are aware that they can receive a free vaccination and how to access one. Alongside this, additional trained workforce is being made available to local providers to support them to access the most vulnerable patients who may be in care homes or require domiciliary visits.

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