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IMPORTANT: FLU VACCINES FOR 50-65 YEAR OLDS (not otherwise eligible)

The national press has this morning (Friday 20th November) reported the confirmed roll out of the above extended flu vaccination programme from December 1st. We were not given any prior notice of this announcement and therefore do not have our additional vaccine supply or clinic schedules in place yet.

Please bear with us whilst we clarify the exact details. To allow us time to organise the logistics of the delivery of this important vaccination programme, we respectfully request that you do not contact the surgery to request to book your vaccine at this time.

We will update this message as soon as possible, once our additional vaccination clinics are available to book.

We are aware many of you have already expressed your interest in having this vaccination via a previous text message contact. We will contact you to schedule your vaccination soon.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced).

 
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