Boots, Asda, Tesco and many more now offer flu vaccines, but the price could vary greatly. We reveal the cheapest places to get the flu jab and explain how many can get the jab free on the NHS.
It's especially vital you get the flu vaccine in 2021, but thankfully it should be easy enough to find a cheap or even free flu jab.
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, we have lowered our immunity to the flu virus so this year could see cases soar.
In response, the Government is expected to offer millions more free flu jabs this year, with secondary school students up to Year 11 being offered the flu vaccine for the first time, while pharmacies are already taking bookings for cheap jabs from September 2021.
Note that the flu jab protects against several main strains of the virus, which can change every year.
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Getting a free 2021 flu jab
You can get a free flu vaccine 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 50 or over on 31 March 2022;
- You are pregnant;
- You are in primary school or secondary school (up to Year 11);
- 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, they will also be eligible for a free flu jab.
You'll also get a free flu jab if you’re an NHS-employed frontline healthcare worker or a close contact of an immunocompromised individual.
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.
At the time of writing, GP surgeries have had to cancel appointments for the flu jab after the NHS’s biggest provider revealed it was struggling with delays due to ‘road freight challenges’ according to media reports.
Where to get a cheap 2021 flu jab in the UK
If you don’t qualify for a free flu jab, you can pay a small fee to get the jab at certain pharmacies.
You can book a flu jab at many pharmacies and it's worth booking as soon as possible if you need it: last year, several pharmacies and supermarkets had to restrict flu jab bookings due to high demand.
Below, we run through where you can go to get the jab and how much it will cost.
We’ve focused on the national outlets offering the flu vaccine but 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 may be encouraged to wear a face mask (even though this is no longer legally enforced).
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, and it remains the cheapest option outside the NHS.
The supermarket says customers can book flu jab appointments at their local Asda pharmacy – but appointments are not likely to start until later this month.
You can use the store locator to find your nearest Asda.
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Boots flu jab
Looking for your nearest Boots? Use the store locator to help you find your local pharmacy.
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Lloyds Pharmacy flu jab
Lloyds Pharmacy says its flu jab will cost £14.99, up from £12.99 last year.
Superdrug flu jab
Superdrug has confirmed its flu jab will cost £13.99, up from £12.99 last year.
The retailer says you can now book a flu jab appointment, which start on 13 September. You can book an appointment by going into your local Superdrug or via their pharmacy app (QR code for the app available here).
To find your nearest Superdrug, use the store locator.
Tesco flu jab
The flu jab at Tesco still costs £9 and will be available from later this month.
Should you be planning to do a shop while you're at Tesco, make sure you read our top tips to save every time.
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