Well Pharmacy, one of the UK’s leading independent pharmacy chains, has been offering flu vaccinations for free.
The chain says it is concerned as the winter flu season is now in full force, with hospital admissions reaching a peak and flu stats higher than they have been in recent years.
Recent data shared by NHS England showed that there was an increase in flu cases by nearly 70 per cent leaving many in hospital each week.
Well Pharmacy is worried about those who have yet to have the flu jab and has been urging people to get one for free.
It recognises that only children aged 2-11, people over 50, and those with certain medical conditions are eligible for free NHS jabs, leaving millions who would normally have to pay for a flu vaccination which usually costs £15.
Research recently undertaken by the chain shows that a quarter of people (25 per cent) think that after so many Covid-19 jabs in the last few years, ‘vaccine fatigue’ has led to a perceived lack of motivation in others to get their jabs.
The chain also knows that money is a real concern, with people making choices between eating and heating, and hence the free offer which began from January 9.
Ifti Khan, superintendent pharmacist at Well Pharmacy, said that the chain will continue the “whilst stocks last”.
He added: “We know the cost-of-living crisis is impacting on people. If anyone doesn’t qualify for a free NHS vaccination, and they are struggling financially, finding the money to get the vaccine can feel impossible.
“We also know we are amid one of the worst flu seasons we have seen in recent times. We want people to know that if they haven’t already been vaccinated and need a jab, they can come and have one for free at a local Well Pharmacy. Getting a flu jab is one of the best things people can do to protect themselves and their family this winter.”