Information for people in clinical at-risk groups

For some, flu and COVID-19 mean a few bad days, like a very bad cold. But for others, particularly those with certain health conditions, they can be very dangerous and even life-threatening.  

Every winter thousands of people die from COVID-19 and flu, and many of these are people with an underlying condition that made them more vulnerable to the viruses.  

That’s why the COVID and flu vaccinations are available for the people most as risk. This includes:  

  • everyone aged 65 and above,  

  • pregnant women,  

  • care home residents,  

  • people aged 6 months old or above with certain health conditions including heart, lung, kidney and liver disease.  

  • people undergoing treatment for conditions including cancer, diabetes, organ transplant, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and severe mental illness 

  • frontline health and care staff,  

  • unpaid carers, 

  • household contacts of those at higher risk.  

This is only a sample: there are many more less-well-known conditions or treatments that mean you need vaccinations. 

If you have a condition on this list, you are at greater risk of being seriously ill if you catch COVID or flu this winter. The good news is that the vaccines available now will help protect you.  

Even if you only live with someone who is at risk, it’s important that you get vaccinated so that you don’t accidentally bring a virus home. People who share a home with an at-risk person can get the vaccines.  

If you or someone you know is at risk, make sure you book the vaccines as soon as possible. Residents and staff in care homes are already being vaccinated, and other vulnerable people can book a vaccine now.  

You don’t have to wait to be called for your jab. You can book it yourself here or call 119 to arrange by phone. You will need two vaccinations: one for COVID, and one for flu.  

COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 5- 11 years old

If your child is aged between 5 and 11 years old and is in a clinical risk group, they can have their COVID vaccination at a pharmacy. Book online using the national booking service or call 119.