Laura Sharman 24 July 2020

Millions more people to be offered free flu vaccine

Millions more people to be offered free flu vaccine image

More than 30 million people in England will be offered a free flu vaccination in a bid to ease the pressure on the NHS this winter.

The free vaccine will be made available for people over 50, all school year groups up to year 7, pregnant women, and people and their households on the shielded patient list.

Chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty said: 'This winter more than ever, with COVID-19 still circulating, we need to help reduce all avoidable risks. Vaccinating more people will help reduce flu transmission and stop people becoming ill.

The move has been welcomed by the Local Government Association (LGA) who urged the Government to go further and offer a free flue jab to everyone else.

Cllr Paulette Hamilton, vice chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: 'Extending the free winter flu jab to as many people as possible is essential if we are to tackle two potentially deadly viruses head-on and prevent one seasonable and predictable virus creating the conditions for a second, more serious and unpredictable deadly second wave of COVID-19.

'We are pleased the Government has widened the criteria for a free jab and urge it to consider whether a free flu jab can also be offered to everyone else in the country this year.'

Tackling mistrust about vaccines image

Tackling mistrust about vaccines

Dr Justin Varney looks at how Birmingham is working to tackle the ‘layers upon layers of mistrust’ among ethnic minority communities that is ‘now playing out in vaccine hesitancy’.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Assistant Business Partner

Essex County Council
£45000 - £48735 per annum
The roleThis role is part of the People Business Partnering team and supports the delivery of the workforce strategy, functional people strategies and England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

People Business Partner

Essex County Council
£75000 - £77265 per annum
Here at Essex County Council (ECC) we are looking for HR and OD professionals who are at the top of their game and who are passionate about developin England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Performance Analyst

Essex County Council
£30900 - £36393 per annum
Performance AnalystFixed Term, 12 monthsFull TimeUp to £36,393 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Health and Social Care Tutor/Assessor

Essex County Council
Up to £26801 per annum
Health and Social Care Tutor/AssessorPermanent, Full TimeUp to £26,801 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Project Manager - Customers and Communities

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£40,876 - £42,821
This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to join a team providing a cross service resource where you can make a real difference. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue