Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne revealed in parliament on Monday that around 60% of the people got vaccinated against the flu in the past two weeks also got the new COVID-19 jab.
Fearne reiterated how the jabs were available for everyone aged over 55 and those who suffer from chronic diseases. 55,000 jabs were administered in two weeks free of charge.
As of Monday 31st October, anyone no matter their age can walk in and receive the vaccination. The flu jab is administered as a nasal spray for kids and is available for all aged over 6 months.
As per the COVID booster, which is also tailored for the Omicron variant, it is available for all those aged 12 and over. People are urged to take both vaccines together, especially given the worry of a rise in influenza cases this winter season.
Fearne said that COVID-19 is still circulating and causing problems and deaths, and thus encourages people to receive the booster if they can. The booster is still administered on a voluntary basis.