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Getting the Flu Jab from Community Pharmacy

Shauna Healy

All Health and Social Care Workers aged 16yrs and over can receive a free Flu vaccine at participating community pharmacies across N.Ireland.

 

Those eligible include those (but not limited to) highlighted below

 

  • All HSC employed staff
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, which provides care for vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to Flu
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered domiciliary care provider, which provides care for vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza
  • Health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, which provides care for vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza

All HSCWs can be vaccinated through CPFV including Trust, non-Trust, frontline and non-frontline staff.

Please Note those HSCWs who are pregnant or over 65 years old are still eligible to avail of the flu vaccine through Community Pharmacy however it is important to know other vaccination providers and other vaccine options may be available. If the HSCW is pregnant or over 65 years old and are vaccinated through CPFV, they should notify their employer and also any relevant health care professionals, such as GP, Obstetric provider, etc.

 

Before attending your Community Pharmacy all Health and Social Care Workers should be advised they need to:

  • Provide proof they are working in the health and social care sectors either via an employer photo identification badge/ or other proof of employment in a health or social care setting e.g. payslip, letter from employer on official letterhead plus photographic proof of identification. (This is to allow the pharmacist to confirm they work as a HSCW.)
  • Check with their desired pharmacy if they need to book an appointment.
  • Confirm with the pharmacy that the service has started.
  • Confirm with the pharmacy if there are any additional infection control measures in place that they will need to adhere to whilst attending for vaccination, such as face coverings. *
  • Not attend the pharmacy or vaccination appointment if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or are currently in self-isolation having been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Instead contact the pharmacy to get advice and rearrange their appointment.*

*This also applies to chaperones

Please see attached poster for information

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