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 lockdowns, we have lowered our immunity to the flu virus so this year could see cases soar.
In response, the Government are offering millions more free flu jabs this year, as secondary school students up to Year 11 can get the flu vaccine free for the first time, while pharmacies are now taking bookings for jabs.
Note that the flu jab protects against several main strains of the virus, which can change every year.
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How to get a free flu jab
You can get a free flu vaccine on the NHS, as long as one of the following applies:
- 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 home care 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 between six months old and two years old and has a long-term health condition, or if they are two to three years old, they will be eligible for a free flu vaccine. Children between the ages of two and 17 with long-term health conditions are also eligible.
You'll also get a free flu jab if you’re an NHS-employed frontline healthcare worker and may get one if you're 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 offer free flu jabs.
Recently, there have been media reports that some pharmacies have delayed appointments due to flu vaccine shortages. If you’re affected, it’s worth keeping in touch with your local pharmacy for any updates or advice.
We’ve asked the national outlets below whether private flu jab appointments are still available and will update this article if there’s limited availability.
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 should wear a face mask (unless you’re exempt).
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's one of the cheapest options outside the NHS.
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 £13.99 to £14.99, but you can save £2 when booking online if you use the code FLUTWO (at the time of writing).
You can book your appointment online.
Looking for your nearest Boots? Use the store locator to help you find your local pharmacy.
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There have been media reports that Boots is running low on flu jabs for over-65s. We have contacted Boots to check availability for over-65s and will update this article when we get a response.
Lloyds Pharmacy flu jab
Lloyds Pharmacy says its flu jab costs £14.99, up from £12.99 last year.
If you’re aged 65 or over, you can book your flu jab appointment online.
But if you’re aged 64 or under, you can no longer book your flu jab online – you’ll have to get a walk-in appointment in store.
To find your nearest pharmacy, use the store locator.
Morrisons flu jab
Morrisons has confirmed that all of its stores with pharmacies offer flu jabs. It costs £8 and is one of the cheapest private jabs available.
You can book an appointment at your local store or drop-in, but due to the high demand for flu jabs, it’s advisable to book in advance.
Use the store finder to find your local store.
Superdrug flu jab
Superdrug says its flu jab costs £13.99, up from £12.99 last year.
The retailer says you can book a flu jab appointment by going into your local Superdrug or via their pharmacy app (QR code for the app is available here).
To find your nearest Superdrug, use the store locator.
Tesco flu jab
To find your nearest Tesco, use the store locator.
Should you be planning to do a shop while you're at Tesco, make sure you read our top tips to save every time.
Tesco has warned there may be limited availability of appointments for those aged 65 and over in some of its pharmacies due to delays in vaccine supply from the manufacturer.
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