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Free flu jab offered to all over 50s in England


People aged 50 to 64 in England will be able to get a free flu jab from 1 December in an attempt to fight the "twin threats" of flu and COVID-19.

The group has been added to a list of people who are already eligible for a flu jab in England, such as those over 65 and health and social care workers.

Thirty million people are being offered the vaccine in England's largest flu-immunisation programme to date.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was a winter "like no other".

"We have to worry about the twin threats of flu and COVID-19," he said, adding that the coronavirus pandemic meant it was "more important than ever" that people got their flu jabs.

Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast that all over 50s would be able to get the vaccine by January.

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Source: BBC News, 20 November 2020

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