Free flu jabs for 50-65s SCRAPPED – UK to stop buying vaccines this year

At the time, Health Secretary Sajid Javid commented: “With the nation getting closer to normal life, we must learn to live with COVID-19 alongside other viruses and we’re offering the free flu jab to millions more people to help keep them safe this winter.

“The phenomenal scale of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is a clear demonstration of the positive impact vaccination can make.”

But in yesterday’s guidance, the NHS said that the groups eligible would return to those in the “pre-pandemic recommendations” from health advisers.

This is despite it stating that flu vaccination remained “an important public health intervention and a key priority” to “reduce morbidity, mortality and hospitalisation associated with flu”.

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