Stay protected against Covid-19 and flu this winter

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To stay protected throughout the cold winter months, residents in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are advised to have both the Covid-19 autumn booster jab and the seasonal flu vaccine.

Each of the vaccines provide an added layer of protection against the two illnesses, both of which are expected to become more prevalent as the temperature drops and people spend more time indoors.

In the coming weeks, all adults over the age of 50 will be invited to come forward to arrange their Covid-19 booster vaccine through the National Booking Service, which is available online at or over the phone on 119.

At the moment, however, appointments for the booster jab can only be made by those over the age of 65, frontline health and care workers, pregnant women and people with a weakened immune system, along with those who they share a home with.

Further invitations will be sent out to other age groups, including people in their 50s and early 60s throughout September and October.

Appointments for the flu vaccine are now open to people of all ages.

Those eligible for a free jab, such as people aged 65 and over, can book their vaccination through their GP practice or at an independent high street location, such as a chemist or large supermarket.

People not eligible for the free jab can still arrange to be vaccinated but will be required to pay.

In light of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8 September, people are advised that all pre-booked vaccination appointments are still going ahead, and those with bookings should attend as normal.

If, for any reason, appointments need to be rescheduled, people will be contacted directly.

Further information about the rollout of the Covid-19 autumn booster vaccine, as well as the winter flu jab, can be found online at