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Whether they are paid or unpaid, carers and personal assistants are more likely to be exposed to the flu and COVID-19 viruses. Because they care for people who may be at greater risk, it’s easy to pass these viruses on without knowing.

Both flu and COVID-19 can be life-threatening and getting both flu and COVID-19 increases risk of serious illness. Even healthy people can still catch these viruses and spread them to the people they care for.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccines are the best defence against these potentially life-threatening viruses for carers and the people they care for.

Both vaccines are now available to carers ahead of winter. If you haven’t got any earlier doses that you need of the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s not too late. You can get these right now and will be welcomed at a local vaccination centre to get up to date.

Whether you’re a paid or unpaid carer, you can book your COVID-19 booster through the National Booking Service, call 119 or find a walk-in appointment through the online vaccination walk-in finder. The flu vaccine may be offered at the same time but if not you can get this at a GP practice or community pharmacy at another time – it’s better to get what you need as soon as you can rather than waiting to have both at the same time.