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Flu vaccination service

Community pharmacy flu vaccination service

What is it?

Eligible groups can receive a free flu vaccine, as part of the national flu immunisation programme, at participating community pharmacies across Northern Ireland.

You can find pharmacies offering the flu vaccine in the list below or on this interactive map: http://www.healthandcareni.net/pharmacy_rota/Flu_Vaccinations.html 

Department of Health policy recommends that people who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with flu get the vaccine as well as those who work with vulnerable people.

Who is eligible?

Why get the flu vaccine?

For most healthy people, flu is unpleasant but can be treated at home. However, there are certain groups who have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill such as people aged over 65 years, and those with chronic chest or heart conditions.

If you are a Health and Social Care Worker, you come into regular contact with patients and are four times more likely to be exposed to flu than the general population. It is really important that you get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family and your patients.  This is more important than ever following the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who are considered Health and Social Care Workers?

All Health and Social Care Workers can be vaccinated through this programme including Trust, non-Trust, frontline and non-frontline staff.

Health and social care workers must be aged 16 years and over and include the following groups:

When can I get the flu vaccine?

You can get the flu vaccine through participating community pharmacies from 6th October 2021 until 31st March 2022.

Where can I get the free flu vaccination?

You can make an appointment to get your free flu vaccination at a local community pharmacy near you. To find your closest pharmacy offering the flu vaccine, click on this map.

You will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt). Please also check with the pharmacy if they have any additional infection control procedures in place that you will need to comply with.

There may be a slight delay for some pharmacies in starting the service as they are currently setting up clinics.

**Please do not attend the pharmacy or vaccination appointment if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Instead contact the pharmacy to get advice and rearrange your appointment.**

What ID do I need?

You will need proof of your identity in order to receive your vaccination.

If you do not have the required proof of identification you will not be able to receive your vaccination. If you book with a community pharmacy but are not eligible your appointment will be cancelled.

Help for blind or partially sighted

If you are blind or partially sighted and need help finding details of your local pharmacy, please contact RNIB at 0303 123 9999*. Please note: this is not a booking line and the operator cannot help organise any vaccination appointments.

RNIB are ready to answer your call Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

The email address is: helpline@rnib.org.uk

*Calls cost no more than a standard rate call to a 01 or 02 number, and count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls. The price of calls varies between different providers, including between landline and mobile companies, so check with your provider if you are unsure.

Who cannot receive the flu vaccine via this service?

The following patient groups are not able to receive the flu vaccine through this service:

  1. Residents in a care home
  2. Any HSCWs aged under 16 years old
  3. Any individual who is pregnant*
  4. Carers (unless they are eligible on basis of age 50 years old and over) *
  5. Close contacts of immunosuppressed patients (unless they are eligible on basis of age 50 years old and over)*
  6. Individuals aged 16 to 49 years in clinical risk groups*

* Please speak to your GP about flu vaccination

List of participating pharmacies

Belfast HSC Trust area

 

Northern HSC Trust area

South Eastern HSC Trust area

Southern HSC Trust area

Western HSC Trust area

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