Have you had your Flu vaccination and Covid-19 booster jab?

Article date
24 November 2021
Primary interest

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:

Find out more about where to get your flu vaccine and how to book your appointment

Find your nearest vaccination site for your Covid-19 first, second or booster jab, or book and manage your appointment online.

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:

Further information