Free flu jab in pharmacies for PAs

Are you aware that because your PAs are deemed as essential, key frontline workers, they are eligible to receive a free flu vaccination.  As PAs won’t have an employer ID card or other forms of HSC registration, the letter linked below, once completed by you, will enable them to identify themselves as eligible key workers to access the vaccination.

What is it?

All Health and Social Care Workers (HSCWs) aged 16 years and over can receive a free flu vaccine at participating community pharmacies across Northern Ireland. The national flu immunisation program aims to provide protection to those who are at higher risk of flu-associated morbidity and mortality. Department of Health policy recommends the flu vaccine for all Health and Social Care Workers (HSCWs) working in Northern Ireland.


Why get the flu vaccine?

Health and Social Care Workers come into regular contact with patients and are four times more likely to be exposed to flu than the general population. This means you are at higher risk of getting the flu and passing it to vulnerable patients and family members. So, it is really important that you get vaccinated to protect yourself and to avoid spreading it.

When can a PA get the flu vaccine?

The PHA recommends that it is still beneficial to receive the flu vaccine up until the end of March 2021. The Community Pharmacy Seasonal Flu Vaccination Service for Health and Social Care Workers will run from late September 2020 until 31st March 2021.

How does the PA get the free flu vaccination?

Go to your local participating community pharmacy and bring along this letter. A map of participating pharmacies is available.

Where can a PA get the free flu vaccination?

Go to their local participating community pharmacy.  Map of participating pharmacies.

What do I need to do?

Provide proof they are working in the health and social care sectors via the letter linked below. (This letter should be completed by the employer.)