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Boots will administer COVID-19 booster vaccinations at 55 stores in England

28 September 2021
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  • Patients with a booster vaccination appointment at Boots will be offered a free NHS flu jab at the same time wherever possible
  • Vaccinations will be offered at special vaccination hubs in the stores’ pharmacy area from 4th October 2021

Boots will support the NHS to deliver COVID-19 booster vaccinations in 55 of its stores* in England, building on its delivery of over 800,000 first and second COVID-19 vaccinations since January 2021.

During their COVID-19 booster vaccination appointment at Boots, patients will also be offered a free NHS flu jab wherever possible, if they are eligible and subject to supply in store. Patients will typically be offered one vaccination in each arm.

The leading health and beauty retailer will administer the vaccinations to patients in special vaccination hubs in the pharmacy area of participating stores. Boots first created these vaccination hubs to administer first and second COVID-19 vaccinations.

Almost 100 Boots stores now feature a vaccination hub, where patients can access either COVID-19 or flu vaccinations, or both.

The Boots Winter Flu Jab Service is also available at over 2,000 other stores in consultation rooms. Boots is running its biggest ever flu vaccination season on record, aiming to administer three times the number of vaccinations between September 2021 and March 2022 compared to the 2020-21 season.

Marc Donovan, Chief Pharmacist at Boots UK, said: “We are delighted to continue to support NHS England to deliver its COVID-19 vaccination programme by administering booster jabs at select stores. We are also pleased that we can offer eligible patients a free NHS flu jab when they visit us for their appointment – we hope that it will drive uptake of both vaccines, which are equally important. Having both vaccines offers optimum protection to those at greatest risk from getting seriously unwell from COVID-19 or flu in the coming months.”

The Boots Winter Flu Vaccination Service offers free flu jabs to those eligible on behalf of the NHS** or as a private service for those who are not eligible for a free NHS flu jab.*** The service available at most Boots stores. Boots also offers a Corporate Flu Vaccination Service to employers. For more information and to book a flu jab, visit boots.com/flu.

*Boots will be administering the COVID-19 booster jab at the following stores in the coming days and weeks: Alfreton, Alton, Barnsley, Basildon, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Bournemouth, Bristol, Buxton, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chatham, Chester, Colchester, Coventry, Dartford, Derby, Durham, Gloucester, Halifax, Handforth, Haverhill, Huddersfield, Huntingdon, Kings Lynn, Leicester, Liverpool, London Beckton Gallions, London Canary Wharf, London Fleet Street, London Greenford, London Kew, London Kingston-upon-Thames, London Wood Green, Luton, Newark, Newbury, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham Beeston, Nottingham Victoria Centre, Oxford Cornmarket Street, Oxford Cowley Road, Peterborough Queensgate, Peterborough Serpentine Green, Reading, Slough, Southampton, Southport, Stockport, Staines, Taunton, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Weston-super-Mare and Wolverhampton.

**If you’re eligible for the free NHS flu jab, it is available in most Boots pharmacies in England and Wales for customers aged 18+. Eligibility for a free NHS flu jab may be different in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Those living in areas where the free NHS flu jab is not available at Boots can, if eligible, get this through their GP and/or vaccination hubs in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Eligibility criteria apply. Subject to availability.

***If you're not eligible for a free NHS flu jab, you may want to consider booking the Boots private Winter Flu Jab Service. Subject to stock and pharmacist availability. Eligibility criteria apply. Service costs £14.99 in England, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Service costs £19.99 in Jersey.

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Boots UK is the largest pharmacy-led health and beauty chain in the UK and its purpose is to champion everyone’s right to feel good. With 2,336* stores and a team of around 52,000* colleagues, of which approximately 6,600* are registered pharmacists, the Boots brand has been at the heart of local communities across the UK since 1849. Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care and being the first choice for pharmacy, beauty, healthcare and wellness, alongside offering its innovative portfolio of product brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin.

Boots UK is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) – a global leader in retail pharmacy, impacting millions of lives every day through dispensing medicines, and providing accessible, high-quality care. More company information is available at boots-uk.com.

*As of Aug. 31, 2020