Can I still have a flu jab with the Covid booster vaccine?

By Saffron Otter

Millions of adults will be offered a coronavirus booster jab from next week.

The campaign is to ensure the more vulnerable are protected against the virus during the winter months - when respiratory diseases are more likely to transmit.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended the rollout for over-50s, people living and working in elderly care homes, and frontline health and social care workers.

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All those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and anyone aged 16 to 65 in an at-risk group for Covid - who were included in priority groups one to nine during the initial vaccine rollout - will also be eligible for the extra jab.

But can you still get the flu jab this winter if you're also receiving a Covid booster jab?

Can you have the flu jab and booster jab? (Getty Images)

The answer is yes. Experts on the JCVI have deemed it safe to receive both the coronavirus and flu virus at the same time.

People will even be able to get both vaccines on the same day, preferably with one shot in each arm.

The flu vaccine is offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. You can find out more information here to see if you're eligible.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the Commons that the NHS would be contacting all those who are eligible for the booster jab.

He told MPs on Tuesday: “There’s evidence that the protection offered by Covid-19 vaccines reduces over time, particularly (among) older people who are at greater risk, so booster doses are an important way of keeping the virus under control for the long-term.”

They will be administered at GP surgeries and vaccination centres.

During a Downing Street briefing, Professor Wei Shen Lim, chairman of Covid-19 immunisation for the JCVI, said: “The UK’s Covid-19 vaccination programme has been hugely successful in protecting people against hospitalisation and death, and the main aim of the booster programme is to prolong that protection and reduce serious disease as we head towards the colder months."

While Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, stressed that a Covid-19 booster campaign can offer the prospect of a “normal winter life”, adding that a third vaccine will “keep the lid on things Covid-wise”.

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