Boots, Asda, Tesco and many more offer the flu jab, although the cost can vary greatly. We reveal the cheapest places in the UK to get the vaccine and explain how some people can even get it for free on the NHS.
It's easy to find a cheap or even a free flu jab if you know where to look. The UK Government plans to offer 30 million people in England a free flu vaccine amid concerns that coronavirus will surge in the run up to winter.
So, this means that more people will get the free flu jab, including those aged between 50 and 64 and people who have had to shield this year.
If you aren't eligible for a free flu jab, it's still possible to get one and could well be worth its relatively low cost.
The flu jab protects against several main strains of the virus, which can change every year.
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Getting the 2020 flu vaccine for free
This year, you can get the flu jab for free on the NHS, as long as one of the following applies:
- You are on the shielded patient list (or a member of their household);
- You are aged 65 or over on 31 March 2021;
- You are pregnant;
- You are in primary school or Year 7;
- You are a health or social care worker employed by a registered residential care home, nursing home, hospice or homecare organisation;
- You suffer from a severe long-term health condition such as severe asthma or diabetes (consult with your doctor to find out if you're eligible);
- You care for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
If your child is over the age of six months and has a long-term health condition, or if they are between two to three years old, or in primary school or Year 7, they will be eligible for a free flu jab.
You'll also get a free flu jab if you’re an NHS-employed frontline healthcare worker.
Once vaccination of the most ‘at-risk’ groups is underway, free flu jabs will be offered to those aged 50 to 64 – the NHS will contact those eligible directly.
You can get your jab at your GP surgery, a local pharmacy that offers the service or through your midwifery service if you are pregnant.
Also, ask your employer as it’s possible that they provide free flu jabs.
Where to get a cheap flu jab
If you don’t qualify for a free flu jab, you can pay a small fee to get the jab at certain pharmacies. Below shows where you can go and how much it will cost.
We’ve focused on the national outlets offering the flu vaccine although your local independent pharmacy may also offer it for less, so it's worth checking there as well.
You’ll probably need a consultation with your pharmacist or GP before the jab is given, and you should wear a face mask.
If you’re planning a walk-in appointment, it’s worth calling the supermarket or pharmacy beforehand to check availability.
It's also worth making sure you're aware of any supermarket rules before you head out to make sure you're not denied entry.
Asda flu jab
Asda has a pharmacy service in 255 stores nationwide. Its flu jab costs £8 (up from £7 last year), but it remains the cheapest option outside the NHS.
The flu jab should now be available at Asda.
Heading to Asda? Here's how to save on your next shop.
Boots flu jab
At Boots, the price of the flu jab has risen from £12.99 to £13.99.
The service is available at most Boots pharmacies, although appointments for those between the ages of 12 and 15 can only be booked in store.
Everyone else can book an appointment online.
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Lloyds Pharmacy flu jab
At Lloyds Pharmacy, the flu jab costs £12.99, a rise from last year (£11.50).
Superdrug flu jab
Similar to its rivals, Superdrug plans to start flu jab appointments this month, but you cannot book online yet. You can find your nearest Superdrug that has a pharmacy here.
Tesco flu jab
The flu jab at Tesco still costs £9 and is available at selected Tesco pharmacies – from around 370 stores.
You can now book your flu jab via Tesco’s online booking system or find your nearest Tesco Pharmacy using this tool.
Should you be planning to do a shop while you're at Tesco, make sure you read our top tips to save every time.
This article is regularly updated
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