From 1st December 2020, everyone aged 50 to 64 in Wales is eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine at their GP surgery or community pharmacy. This includes those who will reach the age of 50 before 31st March 2021.
Flu can be serious for some people, and as we get older our risks of complications if we catch flu increase. This winter, flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus) are likely to both be in circulation, so it is especially important that as many people as possible have a flu vaccine to protect themselves.
Annual flu vaccination is one of the best ways to protect against catching or spreading flu. To help protect more people from flu this year, additional groups are now eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine -this includes everyone aged 50-64.
Demand for flu vaccination has been high this year, but additional flu vaccines were ordered for Wales and these extra flu vaccines are now available. This means that people in this age group can now have a free NHS flu vaccine at their GP surgery or community pharmacy.
Additional infection prevention and control measures are taking place in GP surgeries and community pharmacies to help keep people safe, and this may mean appointments take slightly longer than usual.
GP surgeries and community pharmacies everywhere are experiencing lots of enquiries, and some people are being asked to wait longer than usual for an appointment.
GP surgeries and community pharmacies are working hard to offer vaccinations as soon as they are able. Please be patient if you are asked to wait.