Am I eligible?

Flu and Covid-19 booster jabs are now being offered to most adults and children to make sure they are protected against these viruses as we head into winter.

There could be a significant flu surge this winter happening at the same time as rising Covid-19 cases. Colder weather makes it easier for the virus to spread, and darker nights mean spending more time with friends and family indoors where it is less well ventilated. We also expect that many people will have lower protection against the flu virus due to having reduced contact with others last winter.

If you get flu and Covid-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill. Getting vaccinated against flu and Covid-19 will provide protection for you and those around.

Who is eligible?

A free Covid-19 booster is available for:

  • All adults aged 50 years and over
  • Women or people who are pregnant
  • Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • Persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers
  • Persons aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Persons aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group

A free flu jab is available for:

  • All adults aged 50 years and over
  • Women or people who are pregnant (see Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy)
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Those aged 6 months to 65 years in at-risk groups, including people with the following health conditions:
    • Respiratory (lung) diseases, including asthma
    • Heart disease, kidney disease or liver disease
    • Neurological (brain or nerve) conditions including learning disabilities
    • Diabetes (see short film of a woman with Type 1 diabetes talking about why she gets the flu vaccine)
    • A severely weakened immune system (immunosuppression), a missing spleen, sickle cell anaemia or coeliac disease
  • All children aged 2 to 10 years on 31 August 2022 (see Nasal Flu vaccine)
  • Secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9 – any remaining vaccine will be offered to children in years 10 and 11, subject to vaccine availability (see Nasal Flu vaccine)

Some people may be eligible for both the flu and Covid-19 booster vaccines.
If you are offered both vaccines, it’s safe to have them at the same time. If you are not able to have both vaccines at the same appointment, go ahead with either first. You can catch up with the other vaccine at another appointment.

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