Date lodged: 21 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether frontline non-NHS staff in the health and social care sectors, including those employed by charitable and third sector care organisations, should also be offered season flu vaccinations, and how this could impact on flu incidence and associated absences from work.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 13 September 2018
The health and safety of frontline non-NHS staff in the health and social care sectors falls under the governance and care of employers and their occupational health systems.
Vaccination against flu should be considered an integral component of standard infection control procedures. Social care providers and independent primary care providers such as GP, dental and optometry practices, and community pharmacists, should arrange vaccination of their staff.
Each year the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer issue a letter to the NHS setting out arrangements for the flu season. This letter highlights the importance of staff or other individuals who may be at risk of occupational exposure being offered the vaccine by employers. This programme is supported by a range of marketing materials to raise awareness amongst staff, including posters and leaflets.