Pneumonia Vaccination Service

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Our pharmacists can answer any questions you may have about the vaccine at your appointment

Available year round

Our Pneumonia Vaccination Service is available throughout the year

This vaccination helps protect against pneumococcal pneumonia.

Who is the pneumonia vaccination service suitable for?

The service may be suitable for you if you:

  • Are a child of at least 2 years old, or an adolescent or adult
  • Haven’t had an allergic reaction to a vaccine before
  • Don’t have a medical condition that affects your immune system
  • Don’t have a fever on the day of your appointment

How our Pneumonia Vaccination Service works

  1. Book your appointment online, or pop into your local Well Pharmacy
  2. At your appointment, our pharmacist will ask you a few questions to ensure the jab is suitable for you. They’ll also be able to answer any questions you have
  3. If it’s suitable, one of our pharmacists will give you the vaccine

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

The symptoms of pneumonia can develop as quickly as over 24 hours, or may come on over several days. Recovery can take up to three months. Symptoms include:
  • A cough which may be dry or chesty
  • Thick yellow, green, brown or blood-stained phlegm
  • Chest pain and difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Sweating and shivering
  • Fast heartbeat
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Book your pneumonia vaccination appointment

Book your pneumonia vaccination appointment

You can only make one Pneumonia Vaccination Service booking per email address. If you'd like to make another booking for this service, please use a different email address. If you need to change or cancel your booking, the quickest way is to contact the pharmacy you booked to have your flu jab at. You can find contact details of all our pharmacies through our pharmacy finder. Vaccinations are subject to stock levels and the professional discretion of the pharmacist.

You must be at least 16 years old to use our website to book any of our services. If you are a parent or guardian booking on behalf of someone who is less than 16 years old, you must attend their appointment with them, or our pharmacist reserves the right to not provide the vaccination.

How much does it cost?

If you’re under 65 years old, you will have the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) which costs £70. 

If you’re 65 years or older, you can usually receive a pneumonia vaccine from your GP. We are currently not offering the Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV) in our pharmacies due to a temporary stock shortage however, the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine PCV is available for all group ages which cost £70.

How does the vaccine work?

The pneumonia vaccine, sometimes called the pneumococcal vaccine, works by triggering a response from your immune system. This helps your body build immunity to the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia.

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection which can cause serious illness or even death.

Around 0.5 to 1% adults catch pneumonia each year, typically in the autumn or winter. It is most commonly caused by a bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. The bacteria irritates the lungs, causing them to become inflamed and swell up with fluid. 

Pneumonia is spread through coughing and sneezing, as well as touching a surface which has been touched by an infected person, and then touching your nose or mouth. Infections can spread in environments such as care homes, where many people have weakened immune systems. Getting the vaccine protects both you and those around you.

Though anyone can be affected by pneumonia, the risk increases as you get older, especially if you have a medical condition like heart disease or diabetes. 

A pneumococcal infection may also lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), meningitis, and in some instances, brain damage.

You can read more about pneumonia on the NHS website.

Who is at risk of catching pneumonia?

Pneumonia can affect anyone. However, certain factors can increase your risk of catching the infection. Older adults are at higher risk of catching the illness, as are those with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or respiratory diseases like asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder). If you smoke, this not only increases your risk of catching pneumonia, but it can also make the illness more serious. People with a weakened immune system are also at a higher risk of catching the infection.

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How we’re looking after you during COVID-19

We’ve taken certain measures in our pharmacies to take care of our patients and colleagues during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • When you visit our store, we’ll ask you to wear a face covering
  • Our pharmacy team will be wearing PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • Where possible, our pharmacies will have additional screens in the consultation room to maintain a suitable barrier
  • Our consultation room will be cleaned before and after every appointment
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Side effects of the pneumococcal vaccine

All vaccines can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them. Side effects of the Pneumonia Vaccination Service include:

  • A fever
  • Drowsiness or poor quality sleep
  • Diarrhoea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Redness, swelling, pain or soreness where you had the injection

Our pharmacists are trained to deal with an allergic reaction, in the rare event that you have one to the vaccine. They can also answer any questions you may have about side effects of the vaccine.

Who can get it free on the NHS 

Some people are at higher risk of catching pneumonia, so they are eligible to have the vaccine for free on the NHS. These include: 

  • babies
  • people aged 65 and over
  • anyone from the ages of 2 to 64 with a health condition that increases their risk of pneumococcal infection
  • anyone at occupational risk, such as welders

The NHS has more information on who is eligible for the free pneumonia jab due to health conditions.