Over 1,300 staff vaccinated in first two weeks of ‘flu campaign

Over 1,300 members of staff – or 25% of the Trust’s workforce – have been vaccinated in just the first two weeks of the Trust’s annual staff ‘flu campaign.

The Trust is asking staff, particularly those with patient-facing roles, to be vaccinated this winter in order to help protect patients, fellow colleagues and other visitors. This important initiative is part of a wider, national campaign being run by the NHS Flu Fighter team.

Debbie Whittaker and Nick Carver

Above: Deputy director of nursing Debbie Whittaker gives Nick Carver, the Trust’s chief executive, his ‘flu jab

‘Flu can just be unpleasant infection for the majority of people, but for others it can cause severe complications and even death. Common symptoms include a high temperature, cough, sore throat, headache, aches and pains, nausea and vomiting.

In light of the news, Thomas Simons, the Trust’s chief people officer, said:

“Nurses and doctors who treat patients on a day-to-day basis play a pivotal role in helping prevent the spread of ‘flu, which is why we’re encouraging our staff to get the vaccination. To have over 1,300 staff already vaccinated in the first fortnight of the campaign is a fantastic achievement; thank you to all those who have had the jab. We are aiming to have all staff vaccinated by the beginning of next year, so I would like to encourage those who haven’t had their jab to go and get vaccinated.”

The injected flu vaccine is offered free-of-charge by the NHS to members of the public who are at risk, including those who:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have specific medical conditions such as asthma and chronic heart disease
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill