Healthcare workers

As in previous years, the flu vaccination is offered to all employees involved in delivering care. 

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • healthcare workers
  • NHS independent contractors including GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists and laboratory staff (working on coronavirus testing) and support staff
  • workers in paediatric wards, cancer centres and intensive care
  • those working in the community, or visiting patients at their home

Healthcare workers with flu can spread it to family, friends, colleagues and patients, even if they have very mild symptoms or not symptoms at all.

It is important that front line staff in healthcare settings do not inadvertently transmit infection.

High rates of staff vaccination will help:

  • protect individual staff members
  • limit sickness absence
  • lower the risk of spreading the flu to those they care for

Learn more about the flu vaccine for healthcare workers and NHS independent contractors on NHS inform (external website).

Resources for healthcare workers

We've produced resources to help you and your colleagues promote the flu programme.

These include:

  • campaign briefing
  • leaflet
  • poster
  • social media posts

View the flu vaccine resources for healthcare workers.

Further information

The Scottish Government Chief Medical Officer letter (external website) provides information on key elements of the Scottish Adult Seasonal Flu Immunisation Programme 2021 to 2022.

There is information about immunisations training for healthcare staff on TURAS.

View seasonal flu immunisation guidance for healthcare workers on TURAS (external website).

Last updated: 13 June 2022