A message from Managing Director, Paula Lewis

Dear colleagues,

These challenging times have given all of us a greater appreciation of doing everything we can to safeguard each other. Making use of the vaccines available on the NHS is one of the most effective measures we can take to protect ourselves and others. It’s especially valuable for those of us working in care. I’m pleased to say that, in addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, the flu vaccine is again being offered on the NHS free of charge to frontline health and social care workers.

The vast majority of our Fieldbay colleagues have taken the COVID-19 vaccine, but we appreciate that some still have questions about vaccines and haven’t yet arranged their COVID-19 jab. Many colleagues might have questions about the flu vaccine too, so Fieldbay have worked with colleagues in Envivo to produce this website providing facts and guidance about both vaccines. It includes advice on medical questions, religious/faith issues and how to book your vaccines. We welcome any questions or feedback, so please get in touch via our contact page if there is anything you would like to say or ask.

Thank you all, as ever, for your continued skill and commitment as a much-valued member of the Fieldbay team.

Paula Lewis

Why it is important to have a vaccine

People in social care settings have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been due to a combination of; a heightened risk of severe outcomes following COVID-19 infection and the risk of outbreaks in closed settings. The introduction of the vaccine has made a crucial difference in saving lives.

Although the government has seen a strong take-up of vaccination among care home residents, there are some who cannot be vaccinated and some for whom, the vaccine is less effective. A number of residents will therefore continue to be at greater risk of the consequences of COVID-19. This winter, a potential combination of COVID-19 and flu would be life threatening for those among supported living residents who are at high risk due to their age, underlying health conditions, or a disability.

More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill.

By having the flu vaccination, you will help protect yourself and others from what can be a severe, and sometimes fatal, illness which could lead to hospital treatment. You will also be helping to protect the NHS from coming under pressure this winter.

Vaccination against COVID-19 and the flu is the best way that you can keep yourself and the people you support safe.

Key Facts

  • The vaccine will make you better protected from severe illness and death as a result of COVID-19.
  • There is no guarantee that the vaccine will prevent you from passing on a COVID-19 infection, but evidence suggests that the vaccine makes the spread of infection much less likely.
  • The approved Covid-19 vaccines are suitable for people of all faiths. They don’t contain any components of animal origin or foetal cells.
  • Check your local health board for COVID-19 vaccination arrangements in your area and to find out where and when walk-in vaccination centres are open.
  • Flu vaccination is one of the best ways to protect against catching and spreading flu.
  • You can have the flu vaccine at the same time as other vaccines including the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Flu viruses are constantly changing and every year flu vaccines are changed to match the flu viruses likely to be circulating.
  • Ideally you should have your flu vaccine before flu starts to circulate, which is usually not before mid-December.