The Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service is now available to persons aged between 50-64 years, through their local Community Pharmacy
The Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service makes the seasonal flu vaccine available free of charge in participating community pharmacies, to those who are eligible.
Having this service available through participating Community Pharmacies - on your High Street, or in your local shopping centre - makes it easier and more convenient than ever for you to receive the seasonal flu vaccine.
Who can receive flu vaccination at community pharmacies?
Members of the public in Northern Ireland who are:
Registered with a GP practice in NI, who will be aged from 50 to 64 years old by 31 March 2021 (i.e. if your date of birth is between 1 April 1956 and 31 March 1971).
The Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service is also available to Health & Social Care Workers aged 16 years or older.
On 11th January 2021 the Department of Health extended the availability of the seasonal flu vaccine to those who will be aged from 50 to 64 years old.
This service has been extended in order to help protect the public and our Health & Social Care system.
Why get the flu vaccine?
Flu season peaks between December and the end of February, and continues on into April-May.
For most healthy people, flu is very unpleasant but can be treated at home. However, those at higher risk can become seriously ill.
Evidence indicates that co-infection with flu and COVID-19 is associated with a twofold increase in the risk of death, compared to those with COVID-19 alone.
The flu vaccination programme this year will therefore be more important than ever in ensuring the most vulnerable members of society are kept safe.
With COVID vaccination roll out well under way, if you catch flu it is likely you will not be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for a period of time until you have fully recovered. Hospitals are currently stretched to the limit with COVID admissions, and a flu pandemic at this time could well overwhelm our Health Service.
How do I get vaccinated?
Contact your local pharmacy to confirm if they provide the service (a list of Gordons Chemists branches who provide this service is available below), and that they have stock of the flu vaccine. Agree on when it is best to call into the pharmacy to receive your flu vaccine.
Remember to bring photographic ID which shows your date of birth, in order to verify your age.
Misconceptions about Flu Vaccines:
Can a flu vaccine give you flu?
No, flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines which are injected are made with either inactivated (killed) viruses, or with only a single protein from the flu virus.
Is it better to get sick with flu than to get a flu vaccine?
No. Flu can be a serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Any flu infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalisation or death, even among otherwise healthy children and adults. Therefore, getting vaccinated is a safer choice than risking illness to obtain immune protection.
Do I really need a flu vaccine every year?
Yes. The reason for this is that a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccination is needed to get the “optimal” or best protection against the flu. Additionally, flu viruses are constantly changing, so the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick.
Why do some people not feel well after getting a seasonal flu vaccine?
Some people report having mild side effects after flu vaccination. The most common side effects from flu shots are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur. If these reactions occur, they usually begin soon after vaccination and last 1-2 days.
In randomised, blinded studies, where some people got inactivated flu shots and others got salt-water injections, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got a flu vac. There were no differences in terms of body aches, fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat.
We’re pleased to offer this service in the following stores (please contact the store directly to make an appointment):
Antrim (Castle Mall Shopping Centre): 028 9442 8778
Armagh (Scotch Street): 028 3752 2855
Ballymoney (Church Street): 028 2766 2246
Ballynahinch (High Street): 028 9756 2329
Banbridge (Newry Street): 028 4062 2292
- Ashbury Shopping Complex: 028 9146 6363
- Springhill Shopping Centre: 028 9146 8342
- Castle Street (City Centre): 028 9032 0040
- Castlereagh Road: 028 9045 7852
Bushmills (Main Street): 028 2073 1247
Cookstown (Oldtown Street): 028 8676 2223
Donaghadee (New Street): 028 9188 2546
Downpatrick (MArket Street): 028 4461 2014 |
- Scotch Street: 028 8772 2430
- Gortmerron Link: 028 8772 7778
Irvinestown (Main Street): 028 6862 1221
Kilkeel (Newcastle Street): 028 4176 2295
Lisburn (Longstone Street): 028 9266 3106
Derry/Londonderry (Waterloo Place): 028 7126 4502
Lurgan (Market Street): 028 3832 2814
Magherafelt (Meeting Street): 028 7963 2129
Moy (Killyman Street): 028 8778 4248
Newcastle (Railway Street): 028 4372 2724
Newry (Sugar Island): 028 3026 2525
Newtownards (Regent Street): 028 9181 3217
Omagh (Market Street): 028 8224 2122
Portadown (High Street Mall): 028 3836 1849
Newtownabbey (The Diamond, Rathcoole): 028 9085 1206
Saintfield (Main Street): 028 9751 1333
Warrenpoint (Church Street): 028 4175 3647