Social care workers

Anyone who works in social care, and regularly delivers direct care and support, is eligible to receive the flu vaccination.

This includes, but is not limited to, people working in:

  • hospitals
  • residential care for adults
  • children’s residential or secure care
  • the community, providing care at home (including housing support and personal assistants)

Social care workers with flu can spread it to family, friends, colleagues and clients, even if they have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. 

It is important that front line staff across social care 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

Social care workers can book their appointment for the flu vaccine online (external website)

Resources for social care staff

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

These include:

  • a campaign briefing
  • a leaflet
  • a poster
  • social media posts
  • a video encouraging social care workers to receive the vaccine

Find out more about our flu vaccine resources for social care workers.

Further information

Health and social care staff play a vital part in the delivery of the flu immunisation programme.

Staff in both health and social care are eligible to receive the flu vaccine. Find out more about the eligible groups for flu.

Learn more about the flu vaccine on NHS inform (external website).

Last updated: 22 September 2021