There are two essential vaccines that you may need this winter - flu and COVID-19 booster.

Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself, friends and family from these dangerous viruses.

COVID-19 booster vaccine

The NHS is offering a booster vaccine to people most at risk from COVID-19, including those living in residential care homes, frontline health and social care workers and older adults, as long as they had their second dose of the vaccine more than six months ago.

You will be invited to get your booster vaccination when it is your turn, either through the national booking service or through an invitation to a local GP-run service.

Flu Jab

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers

If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.

You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a pharmacy offering the service
  • your midwifery service if you're pregnant
  • a hospital appointment

Find out more

Visit the NHS website for more information on winter vaccines.