Post Office Ltd – 2022 Free Flu Vaccination Voucher Scheme Offer and On-Site Clinics:
Post Office Ltd have confirmed in discussions with the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department that as part of POL’s ongoing health promotion and employee support programme, POL will again, in 2022 be offering a ‘free flu voucher’ vaccination scheme for the workforce. This is the fifth year POL have offered a ‘free flu jab’ voucher scheme to CWU member grades. The POL flu voucher scheme offer to staff is now open.
The 2022 POL Flu Voucher Scheme Summary
- Digital flu vaccination vouchers made available for all employees not eligible for a free voucher through the NHS, redeemable in over 4,000 outlets which is over double the amount available two years ago and will include pharmacies, supermarkets etc.
- On-site flu jab clinics are to be provided at 5 of Post Office Limited’s largest sites – see details below.
All eligible POL employees wishing to take up the flu jab scheme offer will be given a link to access a digital voucher online which is redeemable at over 4,000 locations, e.g., pharmacies and supermarkets.
DMB and Supply Chain employees wishing to opt into the scheme have been advised by their line managers how to obtain their vouchers. Field and admin teams have been advised via the flu article on the POL hub.
Free NHS Vaccination
The flu jab will continue to be available free of charge from the NHS for; people over 50, those at risk of severe illness from catching flu, those with certain defined conditions and a range of children’s age groups. For further information individuals should contact their GP surgery.
On-Site Flu Clinics in Post Office Ltd
On-site flu clinics will be available in 5 sites where a nurse will be available to administer flu jabs. Dates have already been confirmed with the sites and supporting materials supplied.
- Glasgow CC & CViT
- Birmingham CC & CViT
- London CC & CViT
- Swindon Stores
- Future Walk
Communications will be aligned to the Government Flu Jab Scheme for this year as summarised above.
Considering the risk of flu and Covid-19 co-circulating this winter, we are encouraging members to have the flu jab to reduce their risk of getting flu, becoming unwell and passing it on to family, friends and work colleagues.
Having the flu vaccine is the best defence against the virus and increases people’s chance of having better health outcomes. It is advised to have the jab as early as possible before the flu virus becomes widespread in the autumn and winter months across the UK.
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. Those unfortunate enough to catch flu can suffer debilitating pain, nausea, high fever, headache and muscle aches, cough, sore throat, tiredness and discomfort plus time away from work and if many are off work the service to customers is affected.
Considering the risk of flu this winter, Post Office Ltd 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 on to family, friends and work colleagues.
Those members intending to utilise the POL ‘free flu jab’ scheme and redeem their voucher have until the 31 March 2023. Would all CWU Reps please remind all members to seriously consider taking up the ‘free flu jab’ offer before the closing date.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer