This winter, it’s more important than ever to get your flu vaccination and take up the offer of the Covid-19 booster jab, if you are eligible. 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 and lockdowns. Research has shown that if you get flu and Covid-19 at the same time, you’re more likely to get seriously ill. Making sure you get your flu jab as well as both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and the booster jab will help protect you and those around you.
Who is eligible?
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:
- are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- 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 who is 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
Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the Covid-19 booster vaccines. If you are offered both vaccines, it’s safe to have them at the same time. You can book your Covid-19 booster dose online if it’s been 5 months (152 days) since you had your 2nd dose and you are eligible. You’ll be offered appointment dates from 6 months after the date of your 2nd dose.
Where to get vaccinated
You can get your flu vaccine at:
- your GP surgery
- a pharmacy offering the service
- your midwifery service if you’re pregnant
- a hospital appointment
Translations and easy read information
Please find more information and translated materials available on the Reading Services Guide by clicking here: Flu and Covid vaccination Campaign – Winter 2021/2022 | Reading Services Guide
You can also find easy read, simple text versions of resources and information on flu vaccinations for people with a learning disability by following the links below:
- Flu vaccination: easy-read flu vaccination resources
- Flu vaccinations For People With A Learning Disability
- Flu vaccination: simple text information for adults and children
- Reading Voluntary Action run a central telephone helpline if you have any further questions or need support with booking your vaccinations: 0118 3341091
- Please follow the government Covid safety guidelines, especially around hands, face, space – protect yourself and others and keep the NHS safe.
- Stay well and warm in winter – Reading Borough Council