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Covid and flu Autumn vaccine programme now open for bookings

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

This week the NHS opened up bookings for anyone eligible for the Autumn Covid vaccine (including carers, over 65’s, pregnant women).

You can now book your vaccine via the NHS website, NHS app or by calling 119 (free of charge).

GP practices and other local NHS services will also be contacting people to offer both flu and Covid vaccines, and people can book the flu vaccine by searching online for a local pharmacy.

Covid vaccinations for those aged under 18 years will begin later in the year – the NHS will let eligible families know when this offer opens.

The Autumn Covid and Flu vaccine programmes have been brought forward on the advice of scientists following the emergence of a new Covid variant (BA.2.86), which has a high number of mutations.

On 11 September, care home residents and people who are housebound began receiving their Covid and flu vaccinations with visits from their local NHS team.

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