Islanders are among those already getting flu vaccinations, as clinics open across the Isle of Wight - and the region.

School children in year seven and the carers of people on the NHS shielded patient list are now eligible for a free vaccination, for the first time.

The jabs are free for:

  • Over 65s
  • Under 65s with long-term health conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • 2 and 3-year-olds
  • Primary school children
  • Children in year seven
  • Carers of people on NHS shielded patient list

Use your invitation to book an appointment with a GP or pharmacist.

Other people, aged between 50 and 64 and who do not fall into the above groups, may also be offered a free flu vaccination later in the year, providing there is enough vaccine available.

This year, the NHS is aiming to vaccinate around 4.5 million people in the South East – roughly double the 2019 numbers.

Vaughan Lewis, Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement’s South East region said: “This year with both the flu virus and Covid-19 circulating flu immunisation is more important than ever to reduce infections, protect each other and protect the NHS.

“There is an expanded list of priority groups this year and we are offering the vaccine to children aged from 2 to 11, as well as those over the age of 65 and anyone with chronic illness including diabetes and weight problems. 

So, if you have a Body Mass Index of more than 40 or a chronic illness or learning disability, look after yourself and protect the NHS by having the flu jab.”

Flu jab clinics will be Covid-19 safe and social distancing measures will be in place.

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