Supermarket chain Asda is offering the flu vaccine from a number of its store car parks to those who are eligible for a free NHS jab.
Asda said staff at 13 pharmacy branches in England will be offering flu jabs from car parks to those most at-risk, from 8 October. This includes the elderly, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions.
The new service is being put in place to allow those most vulnerable to get vaccinated without coming into contact with the public.
Maq Din, lead pharmacist at Asda Pharmacy, said, "The sad truth is that there is an increased mortality risk if you catch Covid-19 when you already have the flu.
"As a result some of our most vulnerable members of society are at twice the risk compared to others, which is why we are encouraging everyone to get a flu jab this year; it is more vital now than ever.
"We are putting a number of measures in place at our drive-through flu jab centres ,so patients can be assured that it is safe to visit – and they won’t even need to leave their car to get a jab.”
Who can get the jab?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
Adults 65 and overPeople with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)Pregnant womenPeople living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020Children in primary schoolChildren in year 7 (secondary school)Frontline health or social care workers
How can I book?
Customers can book a slot by entering their postcode online. Once booked, you will then be given a time slot and a bay to park in on your visit.
Contact time will be kept to a minimum to allow pharmacists to be as efficient as possible.
Where will the jabs be offered?
The 13 Asda branches offering the drive through flu jab service are:
AccringtonBodminEastbourneGosportHartlepoolHydeNuneatonOld Kent RoadOldburyPilsworthSheffieldSouth ShieldsWakefield Durkar