Royal Mail Group – 2021 Free Flu Voucher Scheme Offer – Update & Reminder:
This is an update on the above nationally agreed RMG 2021 Free Flu Voucher Scheme, further to LTBs 341/21, 346/21 and 414/21 which as previously reported, provided a ‘Free Flu Voucher’ to all RMG employees.
This year’s scheme is the biggest ever with, for the first time this year, 110 ‘on-site flu jab clinics’ at Royal Mail Group’s (Royal Mail and Parcelforce) largest site, along with the option of an online, downloadable ‘digital flu jab voucher’ which can be redeemed at 4,000 locations, including pharmacies and supermarkets. A third option for those members living in remote locations was to use an alternative flu jab provider, with a refundable maximum cost of £15.
Summary of the Scheme to date:
- All 110 on-site flu clinics have been completed with 233 sessions in total.
- Clinics started on 1 October 2021 – so far 7,392 vaccinations have been recorded with further numbers to be added.
- 7,414 digital vouchers have been downloaded and 2,747 have been redeemed.
- Total vaccinations to date is 10,178 versus last year’s final redeemed voucher total of 9,705.
- Multimedia communications with programme updates and promoting take up will continue through to the end of December when the scheme closes.
The move to mandatory face coverings in all RMG indoor settings and ongoing hygiene prevention reminders can support the winter health and flu campaign.
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 ‘Free Flu Jab’ scheme and redeem their voucher have until the 31 December to do so. Would all Area and Unit Reps please remind all members to seriously consider taking up the ‘Free Flu Jab’ offer before the closing date of 31 December 2021. Thank you.
See attached copy of the most recent RMG communication reminder.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer