Flu jab cost by main UK pharmacies
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Flu jab cost 2019-2020

Since 2015 community pharmacies in the UK are able to provide flu vaccination service to NHS patients. Year on year this service became increasingly popular. Last year a record number of flu jabs were provided by community pharmacist with an estimated 1.4 mln vaccinations administered as part of NHS service. This number does not include flu jabs administered on the basis of a private service. Patients who are not eligible to receive a free NHS flu jab can use private service to receive a vaccination for which patients pay. Prices for flu jab  varies between each pharmacy/pharmacy chain. Below is a summary of the main pharmacies and associated flu jab cost in 2019/2020 season.

Who can get a free NHS flu jab?

  • People aged 65 and over (or aged 64 who will become 65 by end of March 2020)

People aged 18-64:

  • Pregnant women
  • Patient who fall into ‘at risk’ category who have one of the following conditions:
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease
    • People with compromised immune system due to condition or medication taken
    • Patients with Asplenia or splenic dysfunction
    • Obese patients (BMI > 40)
  • Carers
  • Social care workers
  • Household contact of immunocompromised individuals
  • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities

Reference: PSNC, 2019.

Flu jab: the cheapest option

Yet again Asda pharmacy offers the cheapest option for private flu vaccination service, which costs only £7 per jab.

Flu jab: the most expensive option

Boots Pharmacy is the most expensive option this year with private flu jab service priced at £12.99.

Flu jab prices: main pharmacies

Boots Pharmacy

Lloyds Pharmacy

  • Flu jab cost: £11.50
  • Flu jab can be purchased online via Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor service with patients being able to select pharmacy for service delivery
  • Walk-in service available (no appointment necessary)
  • Find your nearest Lloyds Pharmacy

Well Pharmacy

  • Flu jab cost: £10
  • Walk-in service available (no appointment necessary)
  • Find you nearest Well Pharmacy

Tesco Pharmacy

  • Flu jab cost: £9
  • Promotions: no information
  • Flu jab appointments cannot be booked online, only via telephone
  • Walk-in service available (no appointment necessary)
  • Find your nearest Tesco Pharmacy

Asda Pharmacy

  • Flu jab cost: £7
  • Promotions: no information
  • Flu jab appointments cannot be booked online, but over the telephone or by walking into Asda Pharmacy
  • Find your nearest Asda Pharmacy

Superdrug

  • Flu jab cost: £9.99
  • Promotions: no information
  • Flu jab appointments are not necessary, however patients can ring a pharmacy to arrange one
  • Walk-in service is available
  • Find Superdrug Pharmacy

To learn more about type of vaccination offered in 2019/2020 season read related post.

References:

PSNC (2019). PSNC Briefing 031/19: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2019/20 (August 2019). Available at: https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/psnc-briefings-services-and-commissioning/psnc-briefing-031-19-guidance-on-the-seasonal-influenza-vaccination-advanced-service-2019-20-august-2019/ Accessed 09/09/2019

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