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Please read our COVID‑19 safety guidance here. There should be gap of at least 7 days between a COVID‑19 vaccination and any other vaccination.

Pneumonia Vaccination Service

Help protect yourself

Pneumonia is a serious infection that can affect anyone. Our private service costs £70 and is a simple way to help protect against 13 of the most common strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria which can cause pneumonia.

Who can use this service?

The Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service is suitable for people aged 18 and over.*

Benefits of the service

  • Accessible:  Get a pneumonia vaccination in the safe surroundings of your local Boots pharmacy*
  • Convenient:  Many of our pharmacies are open seven days a week, including evenings
  • Flexible:  Book your appointment at a time and date that works for you

How it works

Step one

Book an appointment

Book online or in store

Step two

Answer a few questions

Some customers will be able to pay online and complete an online consultation, which will be reviewed by a prescribing clinician**

Step three

Go to store for your appointment

Get your vaccination following a conversation with the pharmacist who’ll answer any questions you may have

How long will the in-store appointment take?

Your appointment will take around 15 minutes.

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a serious chest infection, most common in the autumn and winter, that affects around one in 100 adults in the UK every year.

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Should I get a pneumonia vaccination?

Nearly 263,000 hospital admissions each year in England are due to pneumonia, and around one in four cases happen in adults under 65.†† Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria is the most common cause of pneumonia. Our service uses a vaccine called Prevenar 13®, which helps protect against 13 of the most common strains of this bacteria. You can find out more information about this vaccine  here.

Pneumonia can affect anyone of any age, but it’s more common and can be more serious in certain groups of people including:

  • Elderly people
  • People who smoke
  • People with other health conditions, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, or a heart, kidney or liver condition
  • People with a weakened immune system

The vaccination is also useful for those travelling to countries which have higher levels of pneumococcal infections, including India, China and Vietnam.^

If you’re 65 or over, you’re eligible for a free NHS pneumonia vaccination. If you haven’t already had the NHS vaccination, speak to your GP about having this. Our private service does not replace the need for the NHS vaccination. The NHS pneumonia vaccination is a different type of vaccination to the one used in our private service. You may want to consider having both to help protect you even more against pneumonia.

You may be eligible for a free pneumonia vaccination from your GP if you’re under 65 and have a long-term health condition, like diabetes or a serious heart problem.^^

Learn more about the vaccination & side effects

What else do I need to know before booking an appointment?

Only one vaccination is needed for long-lasting protection against pneumococcal pneumonia.

The vaccination can be given at any time of the year. It can be given at the same time as most other vaccinations, such as the flu jab, but it’s advisable to leave a gap of at least 7 days either side of a COVID-19 vaccination. Our pharmacist will vaccinate into your upper arm so it’s best to wear a short-sleeved top to your appointment.

This service isn’t suitable for anyone who’s:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Currently having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Had an allergic reaction to any injections or vaccinations in the past
  • Had a pneumonia vaccination in the last 12 months (or in the last three months for those with HIV)

This isn’t a complete list and suitability will be checked before the vaccination is administered.

If you have a high temperature on the day of your appointment or you have any symptoms of COVID-19, your appointment will need to be rearranged.

How much does this service cost?

Our Pneumonia Vaccination Service costs £70.
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Boots Winter Flu Jab Service

If you want to help protect yourself and those you love against flu during the autumn and winter months, you may also want to consider having the winter flu jab at Boots. Most Boots pharmacies can offer the vaccination at the same time as your pneumonia vaccination. Find out more about our  Winter Flu Jab Service.

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*At most Boots pharmacies, subject to availability, eligibility criteria apply

**Clinician review usually takes up to 24 hours. A clinician may need to speak to you about your consultation

NHS Choices

††https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/hospital-admitted-patient-care-activity/2018-19

^Streptococcus pneumoniae cases in 2015. Adapted from VIEW-hub from the International Vaccine Access Center

^^See https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/pneumococcal-vaccination.aspx  or ask your doctor for more information. The Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service does not replace the need for the NHS vaccination