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Get your winter vaccinations before 15 December (2023)

Posted on: 5 December 2023

From Friday 15 December, the national booking system, NHS App and 119 phone service will be closed for flu and COVID-19 vaccination booking. The NHS is encouraging people to book now so they are protected in time for the winter holidays and whilst it is most convenient to book.

After this date you can book a COVID-19 vaccination directly with a local vaccination service, such as a pharmacy or visit a walk-in site.  The NHS is offering vaccine appointments and walk-ins at thousands of sites across the country, usually local pharmacies and GP practices. 

For many, particularly those with certain health conditions, older people and pregnant women, flu and COVID-19 can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. If you are eligible and haven’t yet come forward for your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations, you can still book an appointment online by visiting or on the NHS App. Those who can’t get online can also make a booking by calling 119 for free.

Flu vaccinations can also be booked directly through your GP practice or local pharmacy (over 18s only). If you are pregnant, you may also be able to get the vaccines through your local maternity service. If you are a parent of a 2- or 3-year-old, book their vaccine at their GP practice to protect them if you have not already done so. 

If you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine, after 14 December you will still be able to contact your GP surgery to book an appointment or find a pharmacy that offers NHS flu vaccination (if you’re aged 18 or over).

After 31 January, the COVID-19 vaccine offer will close. In most cases, you will have to wait until a future seasonal campaign. If you develop a new health condition or start treatment that severely weakens your immune system, you may be able to get vaccinated sooner, but only if your clinician advises it. You will still be able to get your flu vaccine until 31 March, but you are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Online bookings will reopen next year. The NHS will contact you if your NHS record suggests you may be eligible for a flu or seasonal COVID-19 vaccine.