Getting a flu or COVID-19 vaccination
Vaccines are our best protection against flu and COVID-19. Over the last few years, winter vaccines have kept tens of thousands of people out of hospital and helped to save lives.
The eligibility criteria for COVID-19 and flu vaccines is the same for adults and having them together is encouraged.
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Since 30 June 2023, you can only get a COVID-19 vaccination if you’re at increased risk from COVID-19, or live with or care for someone who is at increased risk.
The following groups will be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine during autumn/winter 2023:
- aged 65 years old or over (you need to be 65 years old by 31 March 2024)
- aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group*
- living in a care home for older adults
- a frontline health or social care worker
- aged 12 to 64 years old and live with someone with a weakened immune system
- aged 16 to 64 years old and are a carer
If you’re eligible, you can book your appointment to get the vaccine by visiting NHS – book, cancel or change a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
If you cannot book online you can book over the phone by calling 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if needed.
A local NHS service may also contact you, such as your GP surgery, to get a vaccine for you or your child. This is usually done by text or a phone call, but you may sometimes get a letter or a notification in the NHS App.
Richmond Road Medical Practice is the main GP site delivering COVID-19 vaccines in Hackney. You can receive the vaccine from your GP if you are registered at:
- Spring Hill
- Lower Clapton
COVID-19 vaccination frequently asked questions
Dr Sandra Husbands, Director of Public Health answers some common questions on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Flu vaccination is safe and effective. It’s offered every year through the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.