Staff at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust are doing all they can to keep patients infection free as well as boost their own immunity against flu and COVID-19 in preparation for the winter.
Doors to the staff vaccination hub at Walsall manor Hospital are now open and hundreds have turned up to protect their communities and teams.
Each year the NHS experiences considerable pressures over the winter period and vaccination has proved to be one of the most effective ways to ensure staff, patients and the wider community have the greatest protection.
This year it is particularly important to get vaccinated to reduce the risk of contracting and transmitting flu or COVID-19 as the viruses circulate at the same time. The effects of contracting both viruses can be extremely serious, especially for those most vulnerable, and can lead to death.
Deputy Director of Nursing Caroline Whyte said: “I am relieved to be able to get my COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine because it has been a year since I last had them. I think it’s really important to have these to protect my family, friends, colleagues and patients. With winter approaching there is uncertainty on how serious COVID-19 and flu will be so it’s best to stay safe and protected.”
Sarah Wassell, Mortuary Support Worker, was among those who have had their vaccinations. She said: “When I heard vaccinations for staff were available, I thought ‘why wait?’ While it was fresh in my mind, I headed to the vaccination hub to get protected.”
The NHS is offering free flu vaccinations and COVID-19 vaccinations to those eligible.
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