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Free flu vaccine for Personal Assistants

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).

If you are a PA, to access the scheme you will simply need to attend a GP surgery or community pharmacy and identify yourself 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:

  1. Download and print the letter of identification (103 KB).
  2. The direct payment holder, as the employer, will fill out this letter, to prove they employ you. Once you have this, this will act as your ‘letter of entitlement’ to the vaccination.
  3. You will then need to visit your local GP or community pharmacist, who will be able to give you the flu vaccination. If you need to prove your entitlement, you can use the letter of entitlement and the information on this webpage.
  4. The vaccination will then be given to you, free of charge.

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