Early flu vaccine registrations surge by over 1000 percent – are you eligible for the jab?
LloydsPharmacy is reporting a surge in demand for flu vaccines this winter as people register their interest up to three weeks earlier than usual. With lockdown coming to an end and the prospect of winter infections, LloydsPharmacy report a 1,100 percent increase in flu vaccine registrations. Last year was already a record-breaking year for the flu vaccine roll-out, with the NHS reporting that uptake in over 65s was the highest on record.
LloydsPharmacy distributed a record number of NHS and private vaccines during the 2019/2020 season, which was a 60 percent increase on the previous year.
However, as the pandemic has raged on with new variants, it seems the public are more concerned than ever about protecting their health.
Of those that have registered their interest online at LloydsPharmacy, 58 percent are eligible for the free NHS vaccine, therefore in high-risk groups.
Customers at higher risk from flu and coronavirus will be eligible for a free NHS vaccine via LloydsPharmacy.
This includes people over 50, those with underlying health conditions, frontline health or social care workers and those who are pregnant.
Anyone over 18 but not in a high-risk group can still book a flu appointment at their local LloydsPharmacy too.
Turning the tide?
Following high vaccine uptake and social distancing, reported cases of flu in the UK last year were significantly lower than usual.
However, Deep Patel, LloydsPharmacy’s Vaccination Services Manager predicted that this year the UK may see an increase in flu cases.
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“Due to restrictions in global travel, social distancing and the wearing of masks, last year we had much fewer incidences of flu. Yet, if the lockdown rules continue to relax in the UK, it is very likely that we’ll see much greater levels of transmission of the influenza virus this winter and therefore many more cases.”
Pre-pandemic, on average 10,000 people were reported to die from the flu each year in England and Wales, therefore it’s vital to get your vaccination if you are at risk.
Deep continues to advise why early registration is an important part of the vaccine roll-out.
“Registering your interest now will help us and the NHS plan for the vaccine roll-out, understanding and meeting anticipated demand,” he explained.
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