Tesco has launched a campaign to encourage high-risk customers to get the flu jab.
The move comes as part of the Big 4 grocer’s “Helping you live healthier” partnership with Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK.
The retailer announced that it will be providing the vaccine at its in-house pharmacy, with the jab available for free to those eligible under the NHS criteria and costing £9 for those who do not qualify.
According to the retailer, those with heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer are most susceptible to high mortality rates over flu season and are recommended to receive it as soon as possible.
Customers can book an appointment slot at one of the supermarket’s pharmacies online.
The store has advised that social distancing measures will remain in place and that flu jabs will be delivered in a private consultation room, which has been deeply cleaned before each appointment.
“We want to make getting your vaccination as easy as doing the weekly shop”, Tesco superintendent pharmacist Adrian Price said.
“We’re doing all we can to make it as convenient as possible for people to get their flu jab to protect themselves and their families.
“This is the most important flu jab ever for those at risk.”
British Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse Maureen Talbot added: “People with conditions including heart disease, diabetes and many cancers are at increased risk of severe illness if they get the flu.
“This year, the presence of Covid-19 adds to that risk, so it’s even more important that people get vaccinated.”