The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Al Garthwaite, has called on residents to check if they qualify for the free flu or COVID-19 vaccine this winter.

In anticipation of the colder months, the Lord Mayor visited Seacroft Community Clinic to receive her complimentary COVID-19 and flu vaccinations. Accompanied by members of staff from Leeds Community Health Care Trust, who were also receiving their winter vaccinations, she expressed gratitude for their dedicated work and emphasised the significance of vaccination this winter.

During winter, both flu and COVID-19 tend to spread more readily as people spend more time indoors. Getting both vaccines before winter arrives is among the most crucial steps one can take to fortify against the season’s challenges and safeguard oneself and those in their community.

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Speaking after receiving both vaccines, the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Al Garthwaite, said: “I would like to thank the NHS for providing me with my free COVID-19 and flu jabs ahead of the winter, and I would urge anyone across Leeds who is eligible to do the same.

“It is so important that as a city we come together this winter and collectively make sure we are all winter strong. If you are eligible getting vaccinated is an important part of that.”

Commenting on the importance of the vaccines, Leeds City Council’s director of public health, Victoria Eaton said: “For most healthy people, flu and COVID-19 symptoms can make you feel exhausted and unwell, and you have to stay at home and rest until you get better. However, for people with underlying health conditions, people with learning disabilities, pregnant women or the elderly, the virus can be very serious.

“The vaccine is offered to those most at risk of serious illness because we know that they need it to stay well during the flu season. This year with COVID-19 still circulating, it is more important than ever that people take up the offer of both vaccines to protect them from infection of the flu or COVID virus; it will also help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with COVID-19 and flu.”

Dr Sarah Forbes, GP and Medical Director of the Leeds office of the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, said: “Flu and Covid-19 vaccinations are being offered to those at greater risk of serious illness this winter.

“If you are eligible and have been offered a vaccine, we encourage you to book in soon as possible. Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself from serious illness and will also help to reduce pressure on the healthcare system.”