Winter Vaccines – COVID-19 and flu

Boost your immunity this winter with the flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster

Flu and COVID-19 can both be life-threatening and spread more easily in winter.

If you’re over 50 or in an at risk group, you are eligible for a free flu vaccine and a COVID-19 booster.

We are encouraging those who have not yet come forward and are eligible, to have their COVID-19 autumn booster, before the offer ends on Sunday 12 February.

Following the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), Sunday 12 February 2023 will also be the final day that 16 to 49-year-olds who are not considered at risk will be able to get a COVID-19 booster. Any appointments for boosters booked after that date will still be honoured, but no new appointments will be made for after 12 February 2023.

If you are offered both vaccines, it’s safe to have them at the same time.

To find our more visit: nhs.uk/wintervaccinations

More about the COVID-19 vaccination programme

Although the JCVI has advised that there should be another autumn vaccination campaign, as well as a potential spring campaign, it is recommending moving to a more targeted offer to those considered to be at risk of serious illness.

The NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme will continue to run a smaller operation after 12 February 2023, allowing those yet to come forward for first, second or third doses if severely immunosuppressed, to book appointments.

The JCVI will set out further guidance on who will be eligible for Covid vaccines in future phases of the programme, such as any spring campaign as well as next autumn’s, in due course.