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Free flu jabs confirmed for NHS dental teams

NHS England have announced that NHS dental teams will be eligible for the NHS flu programme this year. Chief Dental Officer, Sara Hurley, has encouraged all dentists to take up this new offer for their own safety and our patients.

This is welcome news, and not before time. Dentists have long deserved the same treatment as other NHS colleagues on the front line. This time last year dental teams were invited - in error - to sign up to the programme. We are pressing for this to be a permanent arrangement, not a one-off.

Who is eligible?

Staff employed by primary care contractors and involved in the frontline provision of primary care services, including non-clinical staff directly who have face-to-face contact with patients.

Who is not eligible?

Any non-clinical staff not directly involved with the provision of NHS services on a day-to-day basis or do not have face-to-face contact with patients are not eligible. Primary care contractors and their frontline staff who provide private services only are also not eligible. Staff who work in private practices can be offered flu vaccination paid for by their employer under their occupational health responsibilities.