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Autumn Covid booster vaccinations brought forward


This winter, Covid and flu vaccines to protect at-risk people will be rolled out in September, which is a month earlier than planned.


In England, Northern Ireland and Wales vaccinations against Covid and flu will be rolled out a month earlier than previously announced. This is due to the emergence of a new Covid variant and the need to protect those at greatest risk of becoming severely ill and to reduce the impact on the NHS.


From 11 September anybody over 65, older adult care home residents and immunosuppressed people can receive a Covid and flu vaccination. The aim being to jab as many eligible people as possible by 31 October.


As in previous years, the NHS will let people know when bookings open. Adult flu and COVID-19 appointments will be available through the NHS App and website, or by calling 119 for those who can't get online. Flu vaccines will also be available through local GP practices and pharmacies.


In Scotland, the autumn vaccination programme will start on 4 September. Covid jabs will be offered to anyone over 65, while flu jabs will go to the over-50s.


The eligible groups for the covid booster are listed in The British Polio Fellowship's news article published on 8 August here.



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