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Central Bedfordshire Council encourages residents to get their Flu and COVID-19 Vaccinations to ‘Get Winter Strong’

Friday, 10 November 2023

We are encouraging residents most at risk of getting seriously ill from flu and COVID-19 to "Get Winter Strong” and get their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Catching both viruses over winter increases the risk of serious illness. Vaccines are the best protection against flu and COVID-19, which can spread more easily in winter when we spend more time indoors. Getting vaccinated against both viruses are two of the most important things you can do to protect your own wellbeing and those around you.

The NHS is offering free flu and COVID-19 vaccines to those at greatest risk of serious illness this winter; these include:

  • people aged 65 and over
  • residents and staff in care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and care workers
  • individuals aged 6 months to 64 years with underlying health conditions
  • pregnant Individuals
  • household contacts of people who have certain health conditions
  • unpaid carers

For most people, it is fine to have both flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time. Where possible, we encourage you to get both vaccines at the same appointment. If this isn’t possible, you don’t need to wait to receive both vaccines; get each vaccine as soon as you can.

We are working with the NHS to ensure vaccination sites are accessible for residents. When you go for your vaccination, healthcare professionals will discuss your eligibility for both vaccines and ensure you receive the necessary information. You will be offered the best currently available vaccines for you.

Councillor Rebecca Hares, our Executive Member for Health and Community Liaison, said:

This joint approach to vaccination not only simplifies the process but also maximises protection against flu and COVID-19.

We strongly encourage eligible residents to take advantage of this opportunity and help us create a safer and healthier community.

For any questions or concerns about receiving flu and COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit the NHS website.