Helping colleagues keep healthy this winter

Thirteen has been looking after the wellbeing of its colleagues and staff in partner organisations by administering flu jabs to workers over the past few weeks.

Flu Vials

4 Dec 2020

The housing company aimed to supply enough flu jabs for every member of staff so they could help protect themselves, their families and Thirteen’s customers over the winter season.

The vaccinations have been carried out by qualified staff following strict Covid-19 safety measures at Thirteen’s headquarters at Hudson Quay, near Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

As well as providing jabs to employees, Thirteen also offered vaccinations to a number of partner organisations in the local area, including Teesside Hospice, A Way Out community support charity, Gus Robinson Developments, Travis Perkins, Vision Building Services, Swainstons, Total Solutions, SGS and Darlington Borough Council.

Annette Doyle from Teesside Hospice, said: “Making sure that our staff are protected from the flu, especially during a year like this, is very important for us. So when Thirteen talked to us about the jabs, we were only too happy to accept the offer of help.

“Just over 90% of our staff have now been vaccinated, which means they’ll be better protected, less likely to spread the flu, and more able to carry on working with our patients and families at what can be such a difficult time of year. We are very grateful to Thirteen for helping us out.”

By the end of the inoculation programme, Thirteen will have provided flu jabs to around 300 colleagues and staff from partner organisations.

Heather Ashton, Executive Director of Business Change and Improvement at Thirteen, said: “It’s really important for us that we look after the wellbeing of colleagues working for Thirteen, and offering flu jabs is part of this approach.

“As well as helping people to stay fit and well, the jabs also help us to continue to deliver our wide range of services throughout the winter period for the benefit of customers and those we work with.

“Some partners told us that the vaccinations were becoming harder to access, so I’m also pleased that we could offer jabs to local charities and other organisations.

“This will hopefully help them to continue the great work they do to support communities in and around Middlesbrough, which will have a positive impact on many of our customers who also live and work in the area.”