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Intensive Care Consultant says it will take 'very little extra to tip the balance' as she urges public to take up vaccination offer now.

Speaking to the BBC, Intensive Care Consultant, Dr Ami Jones, said “our hospitals are busy and have been all summer. As we head into Winter, people getting seriously sick with Flu or Covid could really tip the balance and cause immense pressure to our hospitals. Whether it is our staff or our communities, if you are eligible for Flu and Covid vaccinations, take it now.

“As soon as I got my vaccine appointment, I rushed out to get it, as I want to stay well - I’m as protected as I can be for the Winter now.”

Vaccinations will offer you the best possible defence from becoming ill this Winter - please act now to protect yourself and your family. Below, you will find information of who is eligible and how to get your vaccinations.


Getting a Covid-19 Autumn Booster

The following groups are eligible for a Covid-19 Autumn Booster:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults
  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • People aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as defined in tables 3 and 4 of the COVID-19 chapter of the Green Book
  • People aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts, as defined in the Green Book, of people with immunosuppression
  • People aged 16 to 64 years who are carers, as defined in the Green Book, and staff working in care homes for older adults


Those who are eligible for the booster this Autumn will receive an invitation by letter, text or phone call, we aim to invite everyone by the end of November. If you are having issues accessing a vaccine please call us on 0300 303 1373.


How to get your flu vaccine

Children two or three years (age on 31 August 2023) 

GP surgery (NB, in some areas, three-year-olds are offered the vaccine in nursery) 

Primary and secondary school children 

Primary and secondary school 

Children aged 6 months to under 18 years with long term health condition  

GP surgery (NB. primary and secondary school aged children will be offered their flu vaccine in school) 

Pregnant women 

GP surgery, some community pharmacies or, in some areas of Wales from their midwife

Long term health conditions (adults) 

GP surgery or some community pharmacies 

People aged 65 or over  

GP surgery or some community pharmacies 

Unpaid carers 

GP surgery or some community pharmacies 

Domiciliary carers  

Community pharmacy (or in some areas, there are other arrangements)

Care home staff 

Community pharmacy (or in some areas, there are other arrangements)

Health and social care workers 

Via employer 


Find out more about vaccines visit: Immunisations page.