Do employers have any duties in relation to flu jabs for employees?

Most employers do not have a duty to make flu jabs available to their employees or to allow employees to take time off for a flu jab. However, the Department of Health states that front-line health and social care workers should be provided with flu vaccinations by their employer.

Many employers do choose to make arrangements for seasonal flu vaccinations, with the aim of keeping staff healthy over winter and reducing sickness absence levels. Vaccinations can be carried out in the workplace, arranged through a private healthcare provider, or employers can purchase vouchers for employees to use at a participating pharmacy.

Some employees will be entitled to free flu vaccinations from the NHS, including those who have certain medical conditions, are aged 65 or over, pregnant, or the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.

It is for the employer to decide whether or not to provide time off for employees to have a flu vaccination, and whether any time off will be paid or unpaid.