BNSSG Healthier Together

Have you had vaccine the call-up?

15 November 2022

Unlike England’s World Cup squad, the ‘call-up’ for flu and Covid-19 vaccinations isn’t limited to just 26 people.

Thousands across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) are still able to be part of England’s best defence, by getting their flu vaccine and Covid-19 booster.

Dr Geeta Iyer, Clinical Lead for the BNSSG Vaccination Programme said:

“As we gather together across our communities in pubs, clubs and front rooms to support all of our teams over the coming weeks, there’s a strong chance we’ll come into contact with people with a common cold, flu or Covid-19.

“While some of us won’t be match-fit with any of these conditions, many people – especially those who have long-term health conditions or are pregnant – could become seriously ill and need hospital care.

“That’s why we’re encouraging everyone who is eligible for a Covid-19 booster or flu vaccination to not leave their defence exposed and top-up their protection.

“We shouldn’t forget our ‘youth squad’, so make sure that you book an appointment for the little stars in your family, particularly if they are aged 2-3 years old.”

It’s now easier than ever to get a booking for your vaccination, with a range of options available to suit you – including your local pharmacy or GP, online booking for both flu and Covid-19 vaccines. Walk-in options are available too, with locations regularly updated at

Many people who are entitled to a seasonal Covid-19 booster are also eligible for a flu vaccine. Where possible, both vaccines can be given at the same time.

Flu vaccines are available to adults who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who will be 50 by 31 March 2023)
    have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in a long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as
  • someone who has had a transplant, is living with HIV or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • are frontline health workers
  • are social care workers and cannot get the vaccine through work

A nasal spray flu vaccine is available to children who:

  • are aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022 (born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2020)
  • are in primary school children (Reception to Year 6)
  • are aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions

Flu vaccinations are also available for some secondary school aged children.

Seasonal Covid-19 boosters are available to people who:

  • are front line health and care staff
  • are aged 50 and over
  • have a weakened immune system
  • are aged 5 and over with underlying health conditions including
  • pregnant people, people with learning disabilities and carers.

It’s not too late to come forward for any of your Covid-19 vaccines, including your first, second and primary booster doses.

Visit for details on Covid-19 or flu vaccinations.