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Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu vaccination is important because:

  • More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
  • Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses

If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu

COVID-19 booster vaccine

Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines.

If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time.

Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine and who can get it [external link].

The winter vaccines are given free on the NHS to people who:

  • are 18 and over for the booster, or over 50 for the flu
  • over 16 and have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Some vaccination sites in Darlington will offer both the COVID-19 booster vaccinations and the flu vaccinations, so you can have them both at the same appointment if you are eligible.

It must have been at least three months since your second dose of a COVID vaccine to get the booster.

You can have your booster vaccination and/or your flu vaccination at the following sites in Darlington:

  • Pharmacy2U
  • Cockerton Pharmacy

You can have your booster vaccination at the following NHS COVID vaccination sites in Darlington:

  • The Darlington Arena vaccination centre
  • Cockerton Pharmacy

You can have the NHS flu vaccine at multiple sites across Darlington, including:

  • your GP surgery
  • a pharmacy offering the service
  • your midwifery service if you're pregnant

For more information on The Old Exchange and Darlington Arena vaccination sites, including how to get there and parking availability, please see our COVID vaccination page.

To find where else you can get your NHS flu vaccination locally, find a pharmacy that offers the NHS flu vaccine [external link].

Important

It's important to go to your vaccination appointments unless you have symptoms of COVID-19. 

If you do have symptoms of COVID-19 or are otherwise unwell and can no longer make your appointment, please cancel your appointment as soon as possible and re-arrange to get your vaccination/s at a later date.

If you test positive for COVID-19, your re-arranged appointment will be at least 10 days after your positive test.

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