The NHS is now offering free flu and Covid vaccines to those at greater risk of serious illness this winter.
Vaccines are our best protection against flu and Covid. Over the last few years, they have kept tens of thousands of people out of hospital and helped to save countless lives.
It is also important to get your vaccines as soon as you can due to the risk of the BA.2.86 Covid variant.
“Getting your flu and Covid jabs are two of the most important things you can do to keep yourself protected ahead of winter,” said Cllr Ben Coleman, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.
“With the new variant of Covid spreading, it is crucial that those who are eligible book their appointments as soon as possible for the best protection.”
Who can get the vaccines?
The flu and Covid vaccinations are available to people who:
- are aged 65 or over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- live with someone who has a weakened immune system
- are a carer
- are a frontline health or social care worker
- live in a care home.
How to get the Covid vaccine
If you're eligible for the Covid vaccine, you can:
- book a vaccination appointment online
- via the NHS App
- calling 119
- find a walk-in Covid vaccine service at some local pharmacies.
How to get the flu vaccine
If you're eligible for an NHS flu vaccine, you can get your vaccine from:
- your GP surgery
- a pharmacy that offers NHS flu vaccination (if you're aged 18 or over)
- some maternity services (if you're pregnant).
You do not have to wait for an invitation before booking an appointment.
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