Why is it important to get vaccinated if I’m eligible?
This is the first winter that flu and Covid will be in circulation together at the same time. If you’re eligible, there are two essential vaccines that you may need this winter – flu and COVID-19 booster. Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself, friends and family from these dangerous viruses.
How do I get my FREE flu jab?
If you fit the below criteria, you are eligible for a FREE flu jab, please contact your GP surgery or local pharmacy to book your appointment:
- Aged 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31st March 2022)
- Have a long term health condition
- Are in long-stay residential care
- Receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer for an older or disabled person
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
How do I get my Covid-19 booster jab?
If you’re eligible you can get a Covid-19 booster jab so long as it has been 6 months since your second dose of the vaccine. The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have a booster dose. Currently, the booster dose is being offered to the following groups:
- People aged 50 and over
- People who live and work in care homes
- Frontline health and social care workers
- People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
- Carers aged 16 and over
- People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections i.e. someone who has HIV
If you’re eligible, you can also book your Covid-19 booster vaccine online here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/