Is it safe to be vaccinated against Flu and Covid at the same time?

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Last updated: 25/08/21
ANSWER BY: Dr Richard Dawood Medical Director
Date Added: 09/08/21

When Covid vaccines were first licenced in the UK, it was decided to leave (and strictly enforce) a one week gap between flu and Covid vaccines. This was purely out of theoretical concern that the side effects of the new Covid vaccines might be difficult to “unscramble” from any that related to the flu jab. Now that many millions of doses of Covid vaccines have been given, it is very clear that this separation is no longer needed. You could therefore get the Covid vaccine and the flu jab on the same day.

Currently, the Covid vaccine is limited to certain NHS locations and not available in the private healthcare market. We would therefore be unable to vaccinate you against covid and flu during the same appointment at Fleet Street Clinic. We would not, however, recommend you delay your flu jab to coincide with your covid vaccine – ensuring you have both as early as possible is the aim not to have them together.

Prioritise getting your flu vaccination this year as there is a lot of uncertainty around the severity of flu.

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