Help protect yourself
Pneumonia is a serious infection that can affect anyone. With our private vaccination service, you’ll receive a one-off vaccination that offers long-lasting protection against pneumococcal pneumonia. You can have the vaccination at any time of the year and no annual booster doses are needed. Please note this is not an NHS service.
Who can use this service?
The Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service is suitable for people aged 18 and over.*
Benefits of the service
Step oneBook an appointment
Book and pay online or in store
Step twoAnswer 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 threeGo 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.
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†.
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:
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
The vaccination can be given at any time of the year and only one vaccination is needed for long-lasting protection against pneumococcal pneumonia. No annual boosters are needed.
Our pharmacist will vaccinate into your upper arm so it’s best to wear a short-sleeved top to your appointment.
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.
All the information on this page
The Patient Information Leaflet for Prevenar 13®
Our Patient Guide to online consultation services
If you have any more questions, please read our FAQs here.
We asked our patients what they thought about our online consultation services. Find out the results of the latest survey here.
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) regulates Boots UK Limited to provide care for patients in Northern Ireland. See our latest inspection report here.
To enable us to give you the best and most appropriate care and advice, we collect your personal data such as name, address and date of birth, we also collect your more sensitive personal data regarding your health for the purposes of ensuring the service we provide is appropriate for you.
We may also process your personal data for carefully considered and specific purposes which are in our interest and enable us to enhance the services we provide, but which we believe also benefit our customers. Your personal data will be stored for as long as necessary unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.
We may share your personal information across Boots services such as Boots Pharmacy and with other companies that provide services on our behalf but we assure you that Boots will never sell your personal data. We are committed to safeguarding your privacy and keeping your personal data safe and secure is our top priority.
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. Find out more about our Winter Flu Jab Service.
*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
^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