Free NHS flu vaccinations are now available at Kamsons Pharmacy and more people are eligible to have them this year than in the past.
The main difference is that people in the households of those who have shielded during the Coronavirus pandemic now qualify.
Hemal Chudasama, manager at the pharmacy in Bell Farm Road, said this covers households where a member received a letter from the Prime Minister, Department of Health, or GP.
He said it was crucial this year that people have their free jabs sooner rather than later because of the similarity of symptoms between Covid-19 and flu.
He added: “If we can immunise as many people as possible, not just those in high risk groups, there will be less of a flu spike, less confusion about symptoms, less of a need for whole households to have Coronavirus tests, and less pressure on public services.”
There are two vaccines, one for the over 65s and another for under 65s.
The over 65s are eligible for a free vaccine, as well as patients with certain health conditions and those who live with a shielded person.
Once the main bulk of patients have been vaccinated the NHS will release permission for the age limit to be dropped to patients over the age of 50.
Kamsons offers a walk in-flu vaccination service, has plentiful supplies of the vaccine, and its service is operated in a Covid-safe environment.
There are socially distanced waiting bays, staff are masked, you will be required to wear a mask too, and people are asked not to touch any surfaces as they wait and are seen.
The door will be opened and closed for you, surfaces and chair are cleaned between visits and there is no paperwork to sign. Verbal consent is acceptable so that contact with pen and paper is avoided.
The vaccine is also available privately, for £12.95, for patients who are not eligible for the NHS Flu Service but who would like to protect themselves against flu.