The Chief Medical Officer has urged all priority groups, including frontline health and social care workers, to get vaccinated against swine flu.
He said: “I urge everyone in the priority groups to have the swine flu vaccine - it will help prevent people in clinical risk groups from getting swine flu and the complications that may arise from it.”
His sentiments were echoed by Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, who also called for health workers to get the vaccine.
He said: “We think it is essential that nurses and all other health workers, particularly those that come into contact with patients, should have the jab.”
When asked whether the vaccine was safe he said he was “entirely satisfied” because it had undergone “rigorous testing” and claimed he was prepared to take it himself as it is “a safe vaccine”.
He said: “It’s important for them to keep well so that they are available to care for patients in the normal run of things but if the pandemic really takes off we are going to need those nurses on the wards to help to cope with the influx of those that are seriously ill.”
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