Free flu vaccinations rolled out to over 50s from December Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Centrally secured supply of vaccines available to GPs and pharmacies for newly eligible group

Adults over the age of 50 will be able to get their free flu vaccine from 1 December in the next phase of this year’s expanded flu vaccination programme, the government has confirmed.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said:

“This winter is like no other, and we have to worry about the twin threats of flu and COVID-19. COVID means getting a flu jab is more important than ever this year.

“So we are delivering the largest ever flu vaccination programme. Free vaccinations for 50 to 64 years olds will now be available from GPs and pharmacies starting from 1 December.”

Provisional data published by Public Health England today (20 November 2020) suggests 72.9% of those aged 65 and over, 45.0% of 2 year olds and 46.8% of 3 year olds have had their vaccine.

Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said:

“I am pleased we are now able to deliver on that commitment with those aged 50 to 64 invited to get their free flu vaccine from the start of December.

“These vaccinations are already being given to our existing priority groups and that vital work will continue.

“More vaccine is flowing into GPs and pharmacies throughout the next few months, and I would urge anyone eligible for their flu vaccine to get one, including all health and social care workers.”

The roll-out of the flu vaccine to over 50s is separate to any future COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. People will be able to receive the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations in parallel.