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Just 4 in 10 frontline NHS staff have had the flu vaccine this winter

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Just 4 in 10 frontline NHS staff have had the flu vaccine this winter

Only 4 in 10 NHS frontline staff got a flu shot this winter, and even fewer received a Covid booster, which could put vulnerable patients at risk.

  • 42 percent of NHS staff caring for patients had received a flu shot before November 30.
  • Only 36 per cent of NHS frontline workers had received a seasonal Covid booster by the same date
  • Vivienne Parry said ‘vaccine fatigue’ and anti-vaccine sentiment are part of the problem

Only four in 10 NHS frontline workers have gotten a flu shot this winter, and even fewer have received their Covid booster, which could put vulnerable patients at risk.

Official figures show that just 42 percent of NHS staff caring for patients had received their flu shot by November 30, up from 71 percent for the same period two years earlier.

And just 36 per cent of NHS frontline workers had received a seasonal Covid booster by the same date, despite all being offered one.

Last night, scientist and broadcaster Vivienne Parry said “vaccine fatigue” and the “insidious” rise in anti-vaccine sentiment had led many NHS staff to skip vaccinations this season.

Official figures show that just 42 percent of NHS staff caring for patients had received their flu shot by November 30, up from 71 percent for the same period two years earlier.

Official figures show that just 42 percent of NHS staff caring for patients had received their flu shot by November 30, up from 71 percent for the same period two years earlier.

She said: ‘Staff sometimes think they are immune because they come across infected patients all the time.

“But while constant small exposures to the flu may provide some protection, it’s not a guarantee.”

Part of the reason for the drop was the increased difficulty in organizing staff vaccination campaigns “when the NHS is rushing”.

But he added: “I think another reason is simply vaccine fatigue. And since the pandemic began, we’ve seen a really insidious rise in “anti-vaccine” sentiment. You can’t go on social media without being inundated by waves.

Last night, scientist and broadcaster Vivienne Parry said that the

Last night, scientist and broadcaster Vivienne Parry said ‘vaccine fatigue’ and the ‘insidious’ rise in anti-vaccine sentiment had led many NHS employees to skip their vaccinations this season.

“Even if people say to themselves, ‘I don’t believe any of that anti-vaccine stuff,’ I think it still has an influence.”

He argued that it should be compulsory for all NHS staff dealing with patients in clinical roles to get a flu shot unless they have a valid health reason.

“They have a duty to care for the patients,” he said. You don’t know how vulnerable the people you care for can be.

In early October, NHS Employers, which represents employers such as hospital trusts, urged: “It is important that all eligible healthcare workers get their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations this year not only to protect their workforce, but also to help protect their patients and services.

Almost a tenth of hospital beds in England, some 9,390, were taken up by Covid patients in the week leading up to New Year’s Day, the latest figures show. Another 5,105 were taken by people with the flu. Most will have been infected outside of hospital, but studies show that transmission within hospital is also significant.

Johnny Heald, chief executive of polling firm ORB International, which has worked on vaccine confidence since the pandemic began, said a survey of 17,000 Britons found that health workers actually had lower acceptance of vaccines. vaccines than those who worked in other areas.

Only 36 per cent of NHS frontline workers had received a seasonal Covid booster by November 30, despite all being offered one

Only 36 per cent of NHS frontline workers had received a seasonal Covid booster by November 30, despite all being offered one

He added: “Trust in vaccines as a whole has declined in many European countries since the pandemic.”

But Dr Alex De Figueiredo, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Vaccine Confidence Project, said the research showed that across the EU vaccine confidence was more or less the same now as it was in the past. 2018.

‘Confidence [in vaccines] it skyrocketed in 2020 and then went down,’ he said.

He said the drop in flu vaccine adoption was to be expected to some extent: while it was “driven incredibly strong” in 2020 and 2021, the campaign had been less intense this winter.

He also believed that hardline policies, such as the threat that NHS workers would lose their jobs if they did not get the Covid shot, had provoked a “backlash”.

An NHS spokesman said: ‘Hundreds of thousands of NHS staff have already protected themselves, their colleagues and those they care for from serious illness this winter by getting the flu vaccine.

“Flu has a serious impact on the health of thousands of people every year, and the NHS needs as many of its staff as possible to be fit for the coming months, so we continue to promote vaccination among healthcare workers. “.

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