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 flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:
- are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- 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 6 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:
- The Old Exchange vaccination hub
- 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].
This year, eligible residents for the COVID booster and flu vaccinations who are registered with a GP in Darlington will be offered an appointment at the new vaccination hub at The Old Exchange.
The full address for the vaccination hub is: Barnard Street, Darlington DL3 7DR
Once you have booked an appointment at the hub with the Darlington Primary Care Network (PCN) you must attend your appointment as close to your given time as possible.
Arrive only a few minutes before your appointment time. This helps to ensure a steady flow of appointments through the vaccination hub.
Please wear short sleeves, so we can vaccinate you easily.
You are welcome to bring a carer if you need assistance. The vaccination hub is fully accessible and wheelchairs are available on site but are limited so please speak to staff when you arrive.
The Old Exchange is an NHS building located on Barnard Street (just of Duke Street) next to Winston Street West car park and behind Bondgate Methodist Church.
A member of staff will be on hand to advise the correct area for you to go.
Map of Bus Stops and Walking Routes [pdf document]
If arriving by public transport
To plan your journey to The Old Exchange using public transport, please visit travelinenortheast.info [external link] or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233, 7.00am and 10.00pm, 7 days a week (Calls cost 12p per minute plus any charges your network provider makes).
From town centre bus stops
From town centre bus stops, head towards High Row and then towards Skinnergate using Post House Wynd. At the end of Post House Wynd turn right onto Skinnergate then left onto Duke Street (at Frasers Public House). Walk down Duke Street and take the second right (at the Duke Bombay Cafe) on to Barnard Street. The Old Exchange building is located at the north end of Barnard Street.
From Woodland Road (use Maude Street) bus stops
From Woodland Road (Maude Street) bus stops head along Portland Place onto Larchfield Street. The Old Exchange building is located on the east side of Larchfield Street approximately half way down.
From Coniscliffe Road (Larchfield House) bus stop
From Coniscliffe Road bus stop head across Coniscliffe Road and up Larchfield Street towards Duke Street. At Duke Street turn right towards the town centre and then take the next left (at the Duke Bombay Cafe) onto Barnard Street. The Old Exchange building is located at the north end of Barnard Street.
If arriving by car
The Old Exchange is easily accessible by car as there are three car parks nearby accessed off Barnard street and Winston Street with on street parking available as well as other Town Centre car parks in the centre of Darlington. For satnav's set the postcode to DL3 7DR.
Town Centre Car Parks [map and pdf document]
A member of staff will be on hand to advise the correct area for you to park.
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.