UNICEF's ambassador and best-selling author Cathy Kelly surrounded by school children.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has never been more important for healthcare workers to get the winter flu vaccine, according to Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) following the launch of its 2020-2021 Staff Flu Vaccination Campaign.

To highlight this message and encourage staff to get vaccinated, IEHG has partnered with UNICEF on their ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ initiative, so that for every flu vaccination given to a staff member, the Group will make a contribution equivalent to UNICEF of vaccinating two children against tetanus.

So this year, when IEHG staff members avail of the flu vaccine they will not only be protecting themselves and those around them but also protecting some of the world’s most vulnerable children from life-threatening disease.

UNICEF ambassador and best-selling author Cathy Kelly who is supporting IEHG’s staff flu vaccine campaign, said that healthcare workers have given so much, and it’s crucially important to give them the protection they need this winter.

“We feel sure they will once again step up when we give them yet another opportunity to protect the vulnerable in their own communities, and also in the developing world. Vaccines are helping to end preventable child deaths all over the world. We’re saying to healthcare staff – ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’. We’re all in this together.”

Paul Gallagher, Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery at the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) said: “The Ireland East Hospital Group is delighted to partner with UNICEF on their ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ campaign this year in order to further encourage staff across our 11 hospitals to avail of the flu vaccine.” 

The staff vaccination effort by the Ireland East Hospital Group is part of a national campaign by the HSE to maximise flu vaccination uptake amongst ‘at risk’ groups, which includes over 65s, people with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and healthcare workers.