The Department of Health and Social Care, in advance of full bespoke guidance for PAs and direct payment holders about the invitation to get a flu vaccination, has asked us to share the following information. This is so that PAs can begin to access the flu vaccination now.
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, PAs will simply need to attend a GP surgery or community pharmacy and identify themselves as a PA. However, we're aware that individuals have been asked to provide proof in the past, and we've therefore provided a letter that can be used for identification, attached to this page.
The process for PAs to access the flu vaccination, is as follows:
- Print the 'PA letter for flu jab' template
- The direct payment holder, as employer, will fill out this letter to prove that they employ the PA. Once the PA has this, 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 and a copy of the guidance (when published)
- The vaccination will then be given to them, free of charge.