First Minister encourages people to get the flu vaccine as he gets the jab


First Minister Mark Drakeford receives his flue vaccine (Image: Welsh Government)

This week, First Minister Mark Drakeford, received his flu vaccination and encouraged others to take up the offer this winter to help keep people safe and well.


This year will be Cymru’s largest ever flu vaccination programme, with people aged 50 and over and all those eligible for a free vaccine being invited to have their jab.


The schools flu vaccine programme has also been extended this year to include all those in secondary school in years 7-11.


The Welsh Government has also extended the free flu vaccine to all primary care workers in Cymru.


Those eligible for the free flu vaccine also include pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions.


The COVID booster programme will also be co-administered to those who are eligible where appropriate to do so, in an effort to improve efficiency and increase uptake of both vaccines. Both vaccines can be administered in succession without delay so there is no need to postpone either appointment once booked.


First Minister, Mark Drakeford, who received his flu vaccine this week, said: “Unlike last year, we are expecting a significant amounts of flu to circulate this winter and Covid is still with us. It’s very important people take up their offer of the flu vaccine as well as the Covid booster. Data suggests this winter flu season could be 50% to 100% higher than a typical season.


“As we have seen with COVID, vaccines play a huge role in helping to help protect us. They are the best way to keep everyone safe and help stop the spread of the virus.

“We want to protect as many people as possible, particularly those who are most vulnerable in our community, and reduce the pressure on our NHS.”