Living Well: Boost your immunity this winter campaign

Living Well vaccines campaign graphic

Over 500 local community pharmacies are supporting the ‘Boost your immunity this winter’ campaign through the Living Well service. The campaign highlights the importance of getting the flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster jab for those who are eligible.

Living Well is a Public Health Agency (PHA), Community Pharmacy NI (CPNI), and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) initiative. The service runs in over 500 participating community pharmacies all year round, and provides information and advice on public health issues to pharmacy patients and the public. Pharmacists are often the first port of call for healthcare advice and the Living Well campaigns highlight this important role and encourage the public to make use of the health and wellbeing advice and support available in community pharmacies.

Flu and COVID-19 can both be life-threatening and lead to hospitalisation. For some people, catching flu and COVID-19 at the same time increases the risk of complications and even death. Flu and COVID-19 viruses also spread easily during the winter months when we are spending more time together indoors. That is why it is important to get the flu vaccine, COVID-19 booster, or both, if you are eligible. By getting vaccinated you are boosting your natural immunity and helping to protect yourself and those closest to you.

The ‘Boost your immunity this winter’ campaign will run throughout December 2021 and January 2022. A free Winter vaccines booklet, highlighting the importance of the seasonal flu vaccine and the COVID-19 booster vaccine and who is eligible for vaccination, will be available from Living Well pharmacies. You can also download this resource:

Winter vaccines booklet

Please note, eligibility for the COVID-19 booster has expanded since print of the Winter vaccines booklet – see the ‘COVID-19 booster vaccination’ section on nidirect.gov.uk/covid-vaccine for the latest information.

For more information on winter vaccines, call into your local community pharmacy and speak to a member of the pharmacy team or visit nidirect.gov.uk/winter-vaccines

Please note that not all Living Well pharmacies offer the vaccination service. For vaccinating community pharmacies and information on how to book your vaccination, if you are eligible, visit: Community Pharmacy Vaccinations - HSCB (hscni.net)