How much does a flu shot cost? We explain how to get a cheap vaccine this winter and how to get the flu shot for free.
Millions of people can get the flu shot for free this year to protect as many people from catching the flu virus this winter.
In addition to protecting you, the vaccine can prevent you from spreading the flu to others.
Even if you can’t get a free flu shot, you can pay. Don’t overpay, however, as the cost of a flu shot can vary, so let’s take a look at where you can get the same shot elsewhere and save money.
How do I get a free flu shot?
Millions of people will be able to get a free flu shot in 2021 – millions more than in 2019.
There are many different people who can get a free NHS flu vaccine for free (England and Wales).
People who are eligible for a free flu vaccine if they:
- aged 6 months to less than 50 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant woman
- from 50 years
- those in long-term care homes
- close contacts with immunocompromised people
- Frontline health and social care workers employed in a registered nursing or nursing home
- registered outpatient care service
- a voluntary hospice service
- Direct payments (personal budgets) and / or personal health budgets, such as B. personal assistants.
Once the flu shot is in place, people over the age of 50 will also be offered a free flu shot. This is the same as 2020 (but those over 50 may not get it for free the following year, it is currently a temporary measure).
All children between the ages of 2 and 15 on August 31, 2021 will also be offered a flu vaccination.
Some employers offer their employees a free flu shot. Check with your HR department to see if this is something.
Your GP or midwife may offer you an appointment at their practice and the NHS will contact people directly to find out where to get the vaccine.
However, you don’t need a referral from your GP or your GP’s permission to get a free flu shot at a pharmacy.
If you’re not eligible for a free NHS flu shot, you can pay for a private flu shot.
Flu vaccination costs
You must normally be over 18 years of age to get an NHS flu shot, but if you choose to have it privately you must be over 16 years of age (18+ in Northern Ireland).
The cost of a flu shot can vary from place to place – which is strange since it takes the same 15 minutes and you get the same shot.
The best time to get a vaccination is from early October to early November, but many places offer vaccinations through March to cover the entire winter season.
Cheapest flu shot
If you have to pay, you don’t have to worry about the cost of the flu shot.
The demand is huge this year so you need to consider the fee you will pay and how long you will have to wait to get one.
While you can try to make a walk-in appointment, it may be best to book or call ahead so you don’t waste a trip.
Here are the supermarkets and pharmacies where you can find cheap flu shots.
You can always contact your local independent pharmacy as they may also be able to sell the vaccine at a good price.
Asda flu vaccination costs
You can book a free NHS flu shot with Asda, and they also have private flu shots for £ 8. This is collectively the cheapest option if you are not eligible for a free vaccine.
Find your local Asda pharmacy here, and call to book directly at the store.
Many of their pharmacies are open 7 days a week, including late evening and public holidays.
Cost of the Morrisons flu shot
A private Morrisons flu shot costs £ 8. Besides Asda, this is also the cheapest price for the flu vaccination.
You must book your flu shot direct with a Morrisons pharmacy.
Find your local business and its opening times here.
Tesco flu vaccination costs
Tesco’s flu shot costs £ 9 and is offered to people over the age of 12. Considering that kids under 16 can get them for free, it is better to save your money.
The appointments are booked up quickly and Tesco usually offers the flu vaccination until March 31, 2021.
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, you can still book an appointment online.
Day Lewis Pharmacy Flu Shot
Day Lewis Pharmacy offers the flu shot as a walk-in service.
A private smoke vent is £ 12.
It is best to call your local pharmacy, as there are fixed times and days for walk-ins.
Boot flu vaccination costs
The Boots Private winter flu vaccination is available at most Boots pharmacies for people aged 16 and over.
Select stores also sell the vaccine to children aged 12 to 15. Instead of booking online, you have to call the store to make an appointment for children.
The cost of flu vaccination with Boots is £ 14.99 (up from £ 13.99 in 2020) and you can earn 4 Boots Advantage Card points for every £ 1 spent.
Due to stock levels, Boots is currently unable to offer booking for the flu vaccination.
Cost of influenza vaccination at Lloyds Pharmacy
Flu vaccines at Lloyds Pharmacy are £ 14.99 (up from £ 12.99 in 2020) and are available to anyone over the age of 18.
You can book online or visit your local pharmacy.
Be sure to call the pharmacy first to avoid unnecessary journeys if they are not in stock.
The cost of a super drug flu shot
Superdrug sells the flu shot in shops with a pharmacy for £ 13.99 (up from £ 12.99 last year).
The service officially starts on September 14th, so you cannot book earlier.
When it’s up and running, you can go to or call your local pharmacy to make an appointment, or you can book a vaccine online.
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