Two of Northern Ireland's top GPs have urged as many people as possible to get their flu jab this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic but fear the logistical challenges of administering it.
The government plans to double the number of people who receive the influenza jab. The aim is to increase the number of vaccinations from 15m to 30m across the UK.
Stormont has a target of vaccinating 75% of vulnerable health groups below the age of 65. But last year, only 58% of that group received the jab, while the proportion of at-risk under 65s vaccinated fell by 13 percentage points between 2015 and 2020.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said that 1m flu jabs will be available here.
The chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners for Northern Ireland, Dr Laurence Dorman, said the upcoming flu jab campaign is the "most important" ever, as "it will be very difficult telling the difference" between people with flu and Covid-19 symptoms - although it's possible to have both at the same time.
He added that "flu is a killer anyway so it's really important that everybody gets their flu jab but this year is even more important than ever".
With GPs trying to vaccinate as many patients as possible, Dr Dorman added that the problem will then become doing it safely.
"We need to get patients through as quickly and as safely as possible," said Dr Dorman. "We can't have people congregating in corridors and surgeries so it is going to be more challenging.
"We're actively looking at ways to deal with that. We don't have the final decision yet but things that we're looking at are drive-thru clinics, sports halls, church halls and all of those options. It will be challenging."
West Belfast GP Dr George O'Neill also felt the major problem facing practices is providing the vaccine in a safe and efficient way.
"How do you ensure that you don't contaminate your premises?" he said. "You could end up having to close down for a deep clean and quarantine some of your staff. There are big issues involved."