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Get winter jabs in time for Christmas

by Cathy Sheel

Christmas is coming and eligible residents are urged to book their Covid 19 and flu vaccinations before the online booking system closes on 15 December.

The NHS online booking system, NHS App and 119 phone service will be closed for flu and COVID-19 vaccine bookings from 15 December, making 14 December the last day to make a booking.

It’s still possible to get your winter vaccinations after 15 December until 31 January 2024 via walk-in sites or by booking through local NHS vaccination services like pharmacies. However, there will be fewer Covid vaccine appointments and you may need to travel further.

There are still plenty of appointments available each week at sites across the Cheshire and Merseyside, offering extra protection to those eligible who have not yet come forward. Walk-in availability for community pharmacies is updated daily on the NHS walk-in finder, opening times for all other clinics, including the Living Well Bus, can be found at www.cheshireandmerseyside.nhs.uk/wintervaccinations

Vaccination is the best way for people to ensure they and their families are protected against flu and COVID-19 this Christmas when the viruses spread more easily as people spend more time indoors. It takes about two weeks following vaccination to build up the maximum defences against the viruses, so it’s important to book in early.

It is crucial to get this protection, even if you have had a vaccine or been ill with flu or Covid before, as immunity fades over time and the viruses change each year.

As of 1 December, more than 530,000 COVID-19 and 700,000 flu vaccinations have been given in Cheshire and Merseyside since the beginning of the autumn campaign on 11 September – with a third of flu and Covid vaccines given together at the same appointment.

More than 366,000 people aged 65 and over in Cheshire and Merseyside have received their COVID-19 vaccination, but there are still thousands more people who can safeguard their health this winter.

You can find out more information about both vaccines by visiting www.nhs.uk/flujab and www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccine