Winter vaccinations - Flu and booster 2021/2022

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This autumn and winter COVID-19 boosters and flu vaccinations are critical to protecting lives, livelihoods, and the NHS.

 

Why it’s important  

You must get your flu and COVID-19 booster vaccine this year, as more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, if you were to have COVID-19 and flu at the same time, research shows that you are more likely to be seriously ill. 

So, protect yourself and those around you, by getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19. 

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine and still need your COVID-19 jab or have been invited for your booster jab, it is safe to have both at the same time. 

 

Who can have the flu vaccine? 

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who are: 

  • are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant (if you are pregnant and want to learn more about the flu vaccine, click here)
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccination? 

  • People with long term health conditions ​ 
  • People 30 years old and over​ 
  • Health and social care workers​ 

You will be invited for the COVID-19 booster jab when it’s your turn. If you meet the above eligibility, you can now pre-book at 5 months, ready for your dose at 6 months (180 days since your 2nd dose of the vaccine).

Where to get the vaccines:

You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a pharmacy offering the service
  • your midwifery service if you're pregnant
  • a hospital appointment

If you have a long-term health condition you can also be offered a free flu vaccination. 

Where to get COVID-19 booster

It’s easy to book your COVID-19 vaccine through the National Booking System or call 119.

When booking you need your name and date of birth, OR NHS number.

Alternatively, you can visit a walk-in clinic where no appointment is needed.