Kildare employers can now provide flu vaccines and other health checks to their employees at a reduced cost due to changes in the Finance Bill Fine Gael Kildare South TD and Minister of State Martin Heydon has said.

Minister Heydon said: “Within the recently published Finance Bill, we are changing the law to make it easier and less expensive for employers and businesses to provide the flu vaccine and other health checks to their workers.

“Section 7 of the Bill, which begins its legislative journey this week, will formally exempt the cost of the flu vaccine and other health and well-being benefits from benefit-in-kind taxes. In effect, this means it will be less expensive for an employer to provide all employees with the flu vaccine inhouse or to re-imburse workers with the cost of getting the vaccine from their local GP or pharmacy.’’

“Over the past year we have all seen first-hand the importance of vaccines and how they prevent serious illness and ultimately save lives. Every year in Ireland, people, particularly older people, or those with underlying illnesses, fall seriously ill and in some cases, die because of the flu.’’

“This simple provision in the Finance Bill, which Minister Paschal Donohoe will be leading through the Dáil and Seanad, lowers the cost of providing the flu vaccine and applies to Covid-19 testing.

“At a time when Covid-19 remains a life-threatening challenge for our country, this change will make obtaining the flu vaccine more accessible than ever for workers.’’

“I urge employers and businesses to provide the flu vaccine for their workers. I would also urge workers to avail of the flu vaccine and by doing so, save lives this winter,” Minister Martin Heydon concluded.