Post Office Ltd – 2021 Free Flu Voucher Scheme Offer – Update & Reminder:
This is an update on the above nationally agreed POL 2021 Free Flu Voucher Scheme, further to LTBs 347/21 which as previously reported, provided a ‘Free Flu Voucher’ to all POL employees.
This year’s Post Office Ltd scheme was published in LTB347/21, following discussions with the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department and is part of POL’s ongoing health promotion and employee support programme. POL offered to the workforce a ‘free flu vaccination voucher’ for the fourth year running which opened in early September.
The digital flu vaccination vouchers are redeemable in 4,000 outlets and on-site flu jab clinics were provided at Post Office Limited’s 6 largest Supply Chain Units (Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Hemel Hempstead, Swindon and Sheffield).
Summary of the Scheme to date:
241 Flu vaccinations were delivered at the on-site clinics.
178 Flu vouchers activated at selected pharmacies.
Influenza (flu) is one of the most significant causes of illness during the winter months. Flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus, which is highly contagious and can lead to severe ill-health. In 2017 a large number of the Royal Mail Group workforce, over 31,000 employees were affected by flu which was a 31% increase on the previous year with over 127,000 days lost to the flu. Those unfortunate enough to catch flu suffered debilitating pain, nausea, high fever, headache and muscle aches, cough, sore throat, tiredness and discomfort plus time away from work. This meant that in addition to members being unwell, the service to customers was badly affected.
Considering the risk of flu and the Covid-19 Omicron variant co-circulating again this winter, Royal Mail Group and the CWU are jointly encouraging all members to take up the opportunity to have the flu jab and in doing so reduce their risk of getting flu, becoming unwell and passing it onto family, friends and work colleagues.
Those members intending to utilise the POL ‘Free Flu Jab’ scheme and redeem their voucher have until the end of March 2022. Would all CWU Reps please remind all members to seriously consider taking up the ‘Free Flu Jab’ offer before the closing date.
The move to mandatory face coverings in all POL indoor settings and ongoing hygiene prevention reminders can support the winter health and flu campaign.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer