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How much does the flu jab cost at Boots and where can you get cheap vaccines in the UK?

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Have you booked your jab? (Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Concerns that the combination of Covid-19 and flu could overwhelm the NHS have lead to health officials introducing the biggest flu vaccination drive the country has ever seen.

More than 40 million people across the UK are being offered the flu jab for free this winter to take the strain off health services.

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A report from the Academy of Medical Sciences suggested the UK could see as many as 60,000 flu deaths this winter, and so getting jabbed is integral.

But how much will the shot set you back, and where can you get the cheapest jab?

How much does the flu jab cost at Boots?

The Boots flu jab is free for eligible groups, and £14.99 for everyone else.

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The jab is free for eligible groups (Picture: Getty)

The following groups are eligible for a free flu jab this winter:

  • Aged six months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
  • Pregnant
  • Aged 50 years and over
  • In residential care
  • Unpaid carer
  • Close contacts of people with weakened immune systems
  • Health and care staff
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Children are also eligible for the flu vaccine, although will receive it in the form of a nasal spray.

Those who are eligible include:

  • All children who are aged two and three on August 31, 2021.
  • All children in primary school and all secondary school pupils under the age of 16 on August 31, 2021.

If your child is over the age of six months and has a long-term health condition, or if they are between two to three years old, they will also be eligible for a free flu jab.

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GP surgeries will contact patients eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine.

Eligible people can also book an appointment through a pharmacy, such as Boots.

You can book a flu vaccine with Boots on their website.

Many places of work also offer subsidised jabs for their staff – so it’s worth asking if yours does this.

baby receives a nasal spray
Children will receive their flu shot as a nasal spray (Picture: Getty)

Where can you get cheap flu jabs in the UK?

  • Morrisons (£8) – You can enquire at your local Morrisons to find out more about booking an appointment. Use the store finder to help you find your local store.
  • Asda (£8) – The supermarket says customers can book flu jab appointments at their local Asda pharmacy. You can use the store locator to find your nearest Asda.
  • Tesco (£9) – It’s available at selected Tesco pharmacies from around 370 stores and you can book an appointment online here. To find your nearest Tesco, use the store locator.
  • Superdrug (£13.99) – You can book an appointment by going into your local Superdrug or via their pharmacy app. To find your nearest Superdrug, use the store locator.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy flu jab (£14.99) – You can book flu vaccine appointments here. To find your nearest pharmacy, use the store locator.

MORE : When should you get the flu jab?

MORE : Flu vaccine: Side effects, eligibility and how to sign up for your free jab

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