Colleagues choosing to have a flu jab this year can be reimbursed via the expenses process
Public Health England have predicted a challenging 2021-22 flu season, due to lower natural immunity amongst the population and the fact that influenza will be co-circulating alongside Covid-19.
In order to help protect members of the University and wider York community, UoY staff who are not eligible for a free vaccination will be reimbursed if they choose to have a flu jab.
Check if you are eligible for a free NHS flu jab
This year the flu jab is being offered for free to:
- all children aged 2 to 15
- those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant women
- those aged 50 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- frontline health and social care staff
visit the NHS website for full details and to check your eligibility for a free jab.
Arranging a paid for flu jab
If you you would like a flu jab this year, but you are not eligible for a free one, visit the patient access website where you can search by postcode for your nearest paid provider. Several major supermarkets also offer the service in their on site pharmacies.
You may find that some providers are unable to offer vaccinations as they are reserving vaccine supply for vulnerable groups. So although you may decide that you want to have the jab, local supply chains may dictate whether this is available to you.
With that in mind, please consider your own risk level when deciding whether or not to get a jab. For example, those working regularly on campus in shared spaces may wish to take a more cautious approach than those who will be working predominantly from home over the winter months.
Claiming back the cost of your flu jab
A Flu jab will cost between £8.00 and £15.00 from most providers. To claim this back from the University, complete an expenses claim form, following the standard University expenses process.
Visit the finance pages to access the form and instructions on the expenses process.
Expense claims should use account code 2356, together with the relevant Department workorder.