The flu vaccine 2020 is said to be the ‘biggest in history’, to help ease pressures on hospital A&E departments. Here’s a list of everyone who can get the flu jab and where
Millions more Brits are expected to receive the flu jab this year in what the government has called the “biggest” programme ever.
The government said in July it was expanding the vaccine programme in a bit to relieve winter pressures on A&E and emergency care in case of a second spike in coronavirus infections.
More than 30 million people could be vaccinated during the upcoming flu season, although there are reports appointments are delayed – raising concerns of a shortage.
Announcing the expanded programme in the summer, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This will be the biggest flu vaccination programme in history, and will help protect our NHS as we head into winter.”
“If you are eligible for a free vaccine, whether it’s for the first time or because you usually receive one, then I would urge you to get it, not just to protect yourself, but to protect the NHS and your loved ones, from flu.”
But who is eligible this year?
Here’s everything you need to know about who can get the flu jab, and where.
Who can get the flu jab 2020?
This year the flu jab will be offered to:
Adults aged 65 and over*
People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
Children in primary school
Children in year 7 (secondary school)
Frontline health or social care workers
*When it comes to people being aged 65 or over, the classification is anyone who is 65 or over on March 31 2021. That means anyone born on or before March 31 1956.
Therefore anyone currently aged 64, but turns 65 by March 31 2021, qualifies.
The government says the jab may be given to people aged 50-64 “later in the year”, but information won’t be available until the autumn.
However, they add: “If you’re aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.”
Where to get the flu vaccine
The NHS flu jab is available at:
Local GP surgeries
Local pharmacies offering the service
Midwifery services if they offer it for pregnant…
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