Starting 11 September, Tesco pharmacies will provide free NHS flu vaccinations to individuals aged 65 and over, as well as other eligible groups.

The grocery and general merchandise retailer offers a Private Flu Jab Service for customers aged 12 and above for £13 ($16.27).

Tesco Pharmacy has introduced an online booking system at, allowing customers to schedule a vaccination appointment that suits their convenience.

With extended opening hours surpassing many GP surgeries and high-street pharmacies, Tesco offers flexibility by accommodating evening and weekend appointments, enabling individuals to seamlessly integrate their vaccination with their regular activities.

Boosting vaccination rates for vulnerable groups

Recent statistics indicate that only 35% of pregnant women and 49% of individuals in clinical risk groups received the flu vaccine last year. Tesco’s initiative aims to encourage more eligible individuals to take advantage of the free vaccination by providing an increased number of available slots.

The flu jab will be administered by Tesco pharmacists in private consultation rooms.

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Tesco superintendent pharmacist Adrian Price emphasised the importance for customers to easily access the flu jab, stating: “We want to make getting your jab as easy as doing the weekly shop.

More than ever, it will be important to keep your family safe and well from flu. You will reduce the risk of catching flu and passing it on to older or more vulnerable family members.”

For individuals with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, the flu can pose a severe threat.

Research conducted for more than seven years has shown that the flu vaccine is associated with a 50% reduction in mortality during flu season for people living with type 2 diabetes.

Moreover, for individuals with heart and circulatory diseases, receiving the flu vaccine reduces the risk of a heart attack by 27% and the risk of death by 25%.

Data reveals that during the winter of 2019/20, approximately 6,600 excess deaths occurred in the UK due to heart and circulatory diseases, with the flu likely playing a contributing role.

Last year, Tesco introduced its ‘Let’s Talk’ service, which trained its pharmacy team members in collaboration with Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK.

In addition to offering regular pharmacy services, Tesco Pharmacy can now provide specialised information and support to customers, aiding in reducing cancer, heart and circulatory diseases and type 2 diabetes risks.