The local NHS is urging adults with long-term health conditions to have a free flu jab and COVID-19 booster to protect them this winter. Those eligible for both vaccines include people with asthma, bronchitis, heart and chronic kidney disease, diabetes, a weakened immune system or who have had a stroke*.

People aged 16 and over with a health condition are being invited by the NHS to book online for an appointment for the booster vaccine via the National Booking Service or by calling 119. Appointments are being offered at large centres including Kassam Stadium in Oxford and Broad Street Mall, Reading. In addition, appointments are available at community pharmacies and local GP-led vaccination sites.

Adults aged 18 to 49 with a health condition can also have a free flu vaccine by contacting their GP surgery or at a pharmacy that offers the service (to book at a pharmacy see here) or visit:


Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, Urgent Care Clinical Lead at Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB), and a local GP, said: “I urge patients who are at risk from flu and COVID-19 particularly those with health conditions to have both vaccinations to protect themselves, their family and friends this winter. Having these jabs reduces the chances of catching flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which could be dangerous or even life threatening.”


Ed said: “It is safe to have both vaccines at the same time and if this is offered then please take it up, but people may need to book them separately. You don’t need to wait to be contacted to get vaccinated as you can book online for a booster or contact your GP practice for an NHS flu jab or at a pharmacy that offers one.”

For more information on the NHS flu vaccination and COVID-19 booster vaccine including how to book, where to get the vaccines and to find out who is eligible see here or visit: