Flu vaccination to be extended to 50-64 year olds from 1 December 2020
20th November 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that 50 to 64 year olds can have a free flu vaccination at their GP practice or community pharmacy from 1 December 2020.
Local health services can order additional supply of the vaccine and will hold additional clinics from the beginning of next month.
GP Dr Nil Sanganee said: “All patients aged 50 to 64 years will be eligible for a free flu vaccine. If you are within this age group, your practice will contact you to tell you how to book your appointment. There is no need to call the practice until then; please leave the phone lines free for other patients’ needs. You could also keep up to date with arrangements by checking your GP practice website or their Facebook or Twitter messages.
“If you are in one of the other priority eligible groups and have not yet had your vaccination, it’s not too late, you can still book an appointment by contacting your practice.”
Priority groups who should already have been offered a flu vaccine are:
- pregnant women
- people aged 65 or over
- people aged under 65 with long-term health conditions
- shielded patients and those in the same household aged 18 or over
Community pharmacists will also be able to offer the vaccine – please call them in advance to check availability and book your appointment.
Further information about the flu vaccine is available at www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/