Sunday, 5 Dec 2021

Boots flu jab suspended: Why can’t I get the flu vaccine at Boots?

Millions of Britons are being urged to get the flu vaccination after the Government expanded its list eligible for the free NHS flu jab in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. With autumn here, now is the time to get the jab done to protect yourself for flu season in the coming months. However, high street chemist Boots has had to suspend flu vaccinations for under-65s.

Boots expects to deliver more than a million flu jabs this winter, however has already had to suspend appointments. 

Flu season typically begins in December, but cases have been seen as early as October some years. 

With the impact of coronavirus on the NHS, the Govenrment is encouraging Britons to get vaccinated to prevent a double whammy of COVID-19 and the flu. 

However some looking to get vaccinated are finding themselves without appointments after Boots suspended flu jabs.

Read More: Flu vaccine 2020/21: When is NHS flu vaccine available?

Why can’t I get the flu vaccine at Boots?

Boots has suspended the jab for under-65s due to “unprecedented demand”. 

A spokeswoman for Boots UK said: “We know that this year, our customers have been more conscious than ever about protecting the health of themselves and their families, and protecting against flu has been front of mind for many of us.

“As a result, we have seen more people than ever booking early to get their flu vaccinations.

“We have been closely monitoring our stock levels, and made the decision this weekend to pause taking new bookings for our private and NHS under 65s Flu Vaccination Services.

“This is to make sure we can vaccinate the patients who have already booked their appointments with us.

“We are still able to continue supporting the NHS over 65s Flu Vaccination Service due to stock availability of the trivalent vaccination, which the NHS recommends for people aged 65 and over.”

The surge in people looking to get vaccinated comes after the Govenrment has told the nation getting the flu jab is more important than ever this year.

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