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When does SSP apply?

The government is legislating for SSP to be paid from day 1, rather than day 4, of your absence from workif you are absent from work due to sickness or need to self-isolate caused by COVID-19. Once the legislation has been passed, this will apply retrospectively from 13 March. You should talk to your employer if you are eligible for SSP and need to claim.

Do I need a sick note?

From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a “fit note” after seven days of sickness absence. Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of your inability to attend.

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You will shortly receive a letter inviting you to one of our clinics.  

If you fall into one of the following groups of people, you are more vulnerable to the effects of flu (even if you feel fit and healthy) and could develop a more serious illness, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It could also make any existing condition worse.  You will shortly receive a letter inviting you to one of our clinics. 

The following groups are eligible for flu vaccination in Primary Care and will receive an invitation

· those aged 65 years and over

· those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups, Chronic respiratory disease, Chronic heart disease, Chronic kidney disease, Chronic liver disease, Chronic neurological disease, Diabetes, Immunosuppression, Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen

· pregnant women

· those in long-stay residential care homes

· carers

· Children aged two and three years to be offered vaccination through primary care.

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