Nurses and other health workers have been encouraged to get vaccinated against swine flu by the union UNISON.
The union yesterday announced its full support for the forthcoming swine flu vaccination programme.
UNISON head of nursing Gail Adams said: “We are strongly recommending that all health workers have the swine flu vaccination. Unison will work with Department of Health to ensure that staff have the right information to protect them, their patients and their families.
“There should be no shortcuts to safety when it comes to getting the vaccine up and running,” she added.
A snapshot survey of Nursing Times readers, carried out in August, suggested that a third of frontline nurses would not get vaccinated – the majority citing concerns about the safety of the jab.
Nurses can expect to be offered the vaccine in October, subject to the granting of licences by the European Medicines Agency.