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Message from Executive Director Helen Jones 7 October 2020

7 October 2020

In the previous local authority where I worked, colleagues persuaded me that if I was photographed having my flu jab it would encourage others to get theirs.

I often wondered whether they were having a laugh at my expense but dutifully went through with it every year.

I know many of you will have already made arrangements to get your jab, either for personal reasons, out of a sense of moral duty or because you are working on the front line and have seen the impact of COVID-19. Others will have so much on their plate at the moment, it may just have slipped off your list of priorities.

Like me, you might also be finding it hard to get booked in for your jab where you normally have it due to the volume of interest.

We want to protect you, your family, and those you care for, from catching or spreading flu so this year we are making the flu vaccination available to even more of our staff. We’ve also made it easier for our frontline workers to get their flu jab either through local pharmacies or at clinics based in our special schools and homes for older people.

The government has also made the flu jab available to more people this year.

If we have high levels of flu and COVID-19 at the same time this winter, the effects could be catastrophic for both those directly impacted and in terms of the ability of the NHS, social care, public health and other local government functions to care for and provide services for our people.

Flu is the one we should be equipped to deal with. So let’s deal with what we can control. Please don’t put it off and please appeal to others to do the same.

Finding out the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on our residents

The coronavirus pandemic is still affecting many aspects of our lives here in Derbyshire. Along with other public sector partners we want to find out what the pandemic has meant for all our residents.

We've set up an online survey so that people can tell us how they are feeling and what more we could do to help. Information given by the public will help us understand more about the things we can do to support Derbyshire through the challenges of coronavirus.

Take part in the coronavirus survey.

We’d be grateful if you could fill in the survey if you live in Derbyshire, including Derby. We’d also be grateful if you could spread the word about the survey through any communication channels you may have with our residents. The survey will take around 10 to 15 minutes to complete and it closes on 6 November 2020.

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