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How Our Flu Service Works

How Our Flu Service Works


The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the NHS and social care has been visible to us all, and this coming winter we may be faced with the combined risk of coronavirus and flu. Those most at risk from the flu are also most vulnerable to coronavirus.

With this in mind you’re now able to book your flu jab at most of our pharmacies. We are currently taking bookings from the 20th September onwards.You can also book your flu vaccination in store, just contact a member of our pharmacy team for more information.

When arriving at the pharmacy for your appointment, the pharmacist will check your details and make sure the service is suitable for you.

Please Note: Please do not attend the pharmacy in person for any reason if you or someone you live with are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have tested positive for the virus.


Online Booking in 3 Easy Steps


  1. Find your local pharmacy by entering your postcode. Please select your preferred pharmacy from the drop-down list.

  2. Please select your preferred date and time. Please note: bookings for flu vaccination services are subject to availability. Eligibility criteria and charges apply. If any issues arise, we will contact you to re-arrange your appointment.

  3. Please fill out the booking details and confirm your booking. You will receive email confirmation.
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Online Booking in 3 Easy Steps


  1. Find your local pharmacy by entering your postcode. Please select your preferred pharmacy from the drop-down list.

  2. Please select your preferred date and time. Please note: bookings for flu vaccination services are subject to availability. Eligibility criteria and charges apply. If any issues arise, we will contact you to re-arrange your appointment.

  3. Please fill out the booking details and confirm your booking. You will receive email confirmation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can have the free NHS flu jab?

If you are over the age of 18 and fall into an ‘at risk’ group, you are entitled to a free NHS flu jab. The eligible circumstances are listed below, but this list is not exhaustive. The NHS has more information on who is eligible. You may be able to have the free NHS flu jab if you:

  • Are on the COVID-19 shielded patient list or you live with someone who is
  • Are aged 50 – 64 (available later in the year, private service available now)
  • Are pregnant
  • Have diabetes
  • Have asthma (treated with a preventer inhaler), COPD or another long-term lung condition
  • Have a long-term heart condition
  • Have kidney or liver disease
  • Have a neurological condition like Parkinson’s disease
  • Have a learning disability
  • Have (or live with someone who has) a weakened immune system due to a medical condition, medication or treatment
  • Are severely overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • Care for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you’re ill
  • Are a frontline health or social care worker working in a residential or nursing home, a hospice or with a home care provider
  • Are a resident of a nursing or long-stay residential home

The NHS will share more information later in the year about eligibility for 50-64 year olds. If you fall into this category and want your flu jab at the start of the season, we advise you use our private flu jab service.

Flu vaccine for children

The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2020 (that is, born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018)
  • children in primary school
  • children in year 7 (secondary school)

Children aged between 6 months and 2 years who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the nasal spray flu vaccine.

Pregnant women and the flu vaccine

If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injected flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you have reached.

That's because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

If you're pregnant, you'll benefit from the flu vaccine because:

  • it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  • it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight, because of flu
  • it'll help protect your baby, as they'll continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months after their birth

It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. Talk to a GP, midwife or pharmacist if you want more information.

Find out more about flu vaccine in pregnancy

Flu vaccine for people with medical conditions

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
  • a learning disability
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)

This list of conditions is not definitive. It's always an issue of clinical judgement.

A GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.

The vaccine should always be offered in such cases, even if you're not technically in one of the risk groups.

If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, or they're on the NHS shielded patient list, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine.

GOV.UK also provides Easy Read guides to flu vaccination for people with a learning disability.

Flu vaccine for health and social care workers

Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection.

If you're a frontline health and social care worker, you're eligible for an NHS flu vaccine.

It's your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you. Find out what arrangements have been made at your workplace for providing flu vaccination.

If you're an NHS-employed frontline healthcare worker, the NHS will pay for your vaccination.

You may be able to have the flu vaccine at the GP surgery or a pharmacy offering the service if your employer does not offer a flu vaccination programme and you're a frontline health or social care worker employed by a:

  • registered residential care or nursing home
  • registered homecare organisation
  • hospice

You can also have the flu vaccine if you provide health or social care through Direct Payments (personal budgets) or Personal Health Budgets (such as Personal Assistants), or both.

The flu vaccine will help protect you, your colleagues and the patients and residents you care for.

Flu vaccine for carers

If you're the main carer for someone who's elderly or disabled, you can book a flu vaccine along with the person you care for.

Read more about the flu vaccine for carers on the Carers UK website.

How long will my appointment take?

The in-store appointment will take around 15 minutes. We’ve allowed extra time between appointments for social distancing and cleaning.

Free Flu vaccinations for people aged 50 to 64

The Government announced that the eligibility groups for a free NHS flu vaccination in England and Wales will expand this year to include people who are aged 50 to 64. There is no date announced for this to start but it will be later in the flu season (such as November time). If you’re in this age group you can receive your vaccination early in the season by booking and paying for it through our private service. We will update this page when more information becomes available.