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‘Let’s do our duty and take the flu jab,’ CNO urges NHS staff in open letter

Chief nurse Ruth May joins fellow health chiefs in bid to boost workforce uptake of vaccination 

England’s chief nurse Ruth May joins fellow health chiefs in bid to boost workforce uptake of vaccination 


England’s chief nurse Ruth May co-signed an open letter to front-line NHS workers  Picture: Barney Newman

Nurses and other front-line NHS staff have been urged by England's chief nurse to do their ‘duty’ and have the flu jab.

In an open letter, Ruth May and other health chiefs made the call for all front-line NHS workers in England to have the free jab to protect patients and themselves.

‘Getting your free, quick jab is the single most effective way of preventing flu, so my message to my colleagues is simple: let’s do our duty, and take this easy but important step to protect our patients, and ourselves, this winter,’ said Dr May.

Highest uptake since 2002

A record 70% of NHS front-line staff had the flu jab during the winter of 2018-19, the highest since 2002. 

This winter, NHS organisations with higher uptake will be partnering with those struggling to persuade staff to have the jab.  

Survey backs mandatory flu jabs

In a recent Nursing Standard survey of 2,243 nurses, 46% said they backed the idea of mandatory flu jabs for healthcare staff; 36% said they were against the idea, while 18% were undecided.

The open letter was also signed by NHS England and Improvement national medical director Stephen Powis; chief allied health professions officer Suzanne Rastrick; chief midwifery officer Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent; and chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge.

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