Flu jabs

We have suspended all new flu appointment bookings

Unfortunately, we do not have enough stock of the flu vaccine to meet the massive increase in demand that we have seen this year. We have therefore taken the decision to suspend appointment booking both online and in our local Well Pharmacies.

Although we had anticipated that demand for flu vaccines would be high in light of COVID-19, we have not been able to secure as much stock as we had expected.

We are continuing to work with the NHS, Public Health England and the manufacturers to resolve this issue and hope to have more of the vaccine later in the flu season. Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee that supply, and so cannot accept any further flu bookings at this time.

If you are at increased risk of complications from flu and so entitled to a free NHS vaccine, it's really important that you get a flu jab. You should contact your GP to arrange a vaccination appointment. 

We will update this page as soon as we have more stock of the vaccine.

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)
  • 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. We will update this page when more information is available.

*In Wales, the NHS free flu jab is funded by NHS Wales. Free NHS flu jabs are available to some patients in a number of our pharmacies in Scotland and Northern Ireland – check with your local pharmacy for more information.

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