| 12.7°C Belfast

Close

Premium

Leading GPs insist upcoming flu jab campaign is the most important ever

Close

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. (PA)

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. (PA)

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. (PA)

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.