The number of staff getting vaccinated at a workplace flu vaccination clinic can and does vary, however, we usually recommend that you estimate that 40% of your staff will get vaccinated on the day of your clinic for a range of reasons.
While there will be some staff who do not agree with vaccination or do not see the value of the flu vaccination - this is not 60% of your staff.
Some of your staff may prefer to get vaccinated by their GP or at a pharmacy, they may be eligible for a government-funded vaccine or need the vaccine specifically designed for people over 65.
There are also a variety of practical reasons that staff cannot make it to the clinic, such as:
- annual leave;
- sick leave;
- an RDO;
- Being in a meeting or offsite; or
- simply having a deadline to meet.
Each one of these reasons will have a small effect but their collective impact will have a much greater effect.
A participation rate of 40% or less is still quite sufficient to provide a benefit for your staff and to provide savings, from absenteeism and lost productivity, well in excess of the cost of your clinic.