Should the University offer a corporate flu voucher?

QUESTION:

I was wondering, with the usual bouts of seasonal Flu that spreads throughout the University that results in staff being absent, if the University has thought about offering a corporate flu voucher?

I know that Boots so such a scheme and I’m sure other local chemists may be interested.
Boots link http://www.boots.com/en/Pharmacy-Health/Health-shop/Cough-cold-flu/Flu-Vaccinations/Corporate-Flu-Vaccinations/

ANSWER:

Flu vaccinations are available from GP practices free of charge every year if you are considered to be at risk of flu and its complications. We have been asked to consider this matter previously and we believe that the voucher scheme would be difficult to for us to administer for staff not in this group and would be costly to the University especially given that vouchers purchased which are not used are non-refundable.

The University position is therefore that if you are not in this group there are many pharmacies that offer flu vaccinations including pharmacies in supermarkets which provide a simple, convenient and cost effective option for staff.

Can the University provide a flu jab?

QUESTION:

I asked a GP if they could prescribe the flu vaccination to me on a prescription (as I do not have a qualifying condition) to which they said they would be breaking NHS rules (as that is technically private Healthcare) and I was advised to go to a Supermarket and pay £7.

I only ask as the environment that we all work in here at the University is diverse in its origins and I feel that the flu vaccination could help Students and staff alike.

Would it be possible to get the vaccination here at the University instead of getting my Rice Krispies and then having an injection?

ANSWER:

As you are aware flu vaccinations are available from GP practices free of charge every year if you are considered to be at risk of flu and its complications. If you wish to receive the vaccination and you are not in this group there are many pharmacies that offer this option which includes pharmacies in supermarkets. The University does not have on campus facilities to be able to offer staff the opportunity to receive a flu vaccination and believe that the pharmacy provision provides a simple and cost effective option.