Autumn Covid-19 booster and flu jab

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has confirmed that everyone aged 50 and over will be among those offered a Covid-19 booster and flu jab this autumn to help increase protection against respiratory viruses ahead of winter. For more information see gov.uk.

Who will be eligible for the Autumn Covid-19 booster?
  • all adults aged 50 and over
  • people aged 5 to 49 in a clinical risk group, including pregnant women
  • people aged 5 to 49 who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • people aged 16 to 49 who are carers
  • residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
Who will be eligible for the free flu jab?
  • pre-school children and primary school children
  • people aged 6 months to 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • people aged 65 years and over
  • people in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline staff employed by certain social care providers without an employer led occupational health scheme

The following groups will only be eligible for the free flu vaccination once the most vulnerable, as listed above, have been offered the jab:

  • all adults aged 50 to 64
  • secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9, who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first)

For more information see gov.uk.

The NHS will soon announce when and how eligible groups will be able to book an appointment for their Covid-19 autumn booster, and when people aged 50 to 64 years old who are not in a clinical risk group will be able to get their free flu jab. A link will be provided once more information is available.

People in these groups are asked not to come forward until further information is announced.