During the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are working hard to ensure that our pharmacies are able to provide services, care and advice to you as safely as possible. When you visit us for a service, things might be a little different.
We are trying to ensure we manage social distancing in stores, so we may ask you to wait just a minute or two before you enter the pharmacy. When providing services, our pharmacy team will be wearing PPE. The PPE they wear will depend on the service being carried out, but colleagues will always be wearing a face mask. If you book a service that requires the consultation room, don’t worry, it will be cleaned before and after each service appointment - you may be asked for your consent to leave the door open to aid air flow but if you need extra privacy we don’t mind shutting the door. Lastly, when attending the pharmacy, please bring a face covering with you to use during the consultation.
|In-store consultation and vaccination||Online consultation and in store vaccination|
|Age||12 - 45 yrs||18+ (no upper age limit)|
|What type of consultation would you prefer?||Face to face in-store with an expert pharmacist||Complete an online questionnaire in minutes|
|Choose your consultation||Book your in-store consultation||Start your online consultation|
Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost?
For a course of three vaccinations, the cost is £449.
If only two doses are needed, the cost is £310 (£155 per dose).
The number of doses required is dependent on your age.
Who is the service for?
The vaccination at LloydsPharmacy stores, is suitable for anyone aged between 12-45 years old, unless you are pregnant. Or if you choose to complete your consultation with our Online Doctor, the service is suitable for men and women (unless pregnant) aged 18 years and older, there is no upper age limit for the vaccination. For men, it will help prevent the most common cause of genital warts, and it also protects against some types of cancer.
Click here to view our HPV guide in Mandarin.
How is HPV transmitted?
HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). This means that you can get HPV by having intimate sexual contact with someone who has the virus.
It can be passed on even when an infected person shows no signs or symptoms and symptoms can often take years to develop.
How can I protect myself from HPV?
Unfortunately, there is no way to fully protect yourself from HPV. However, there are things that you can do to help yourself:
- Wearing condoms when you have sex helps protect you, but because they do not cover the skin around the genitals, you won’t be fully protected.
- Having the HPV vaccine will help protect you against the types of HPV that cause the most cases of genital warts, cervical cancer and some other cancers.
How is the vaccine given?
The vaccination is given as an injection in the upper arm. The number of doses you need depends on your age.
How many doses do I need?
Children aged 12 up to and including 14 years of age at the time of the first injection require two doses. The second dose is administered six months after the first.
Patients aged 15 years of age and older at the time of the first injection require three doses. The second dose is administered two months after the first dose. The third dose is administered at least four months after the second dose. All three doses must be given within the course of one year.
Does the HPV vaccine have any side effects?
You might experience some temporary side effects after your vaccination. These may include:
- Headaches – these tend to be short-lived
- Fever – a temperature above 38°c or feeling hot and shivery
- Pain in the arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet or toes
You may also notice some redness, swelling, itching, bruising at the site of the injection.
How long will the service take?
The service will take approximately 10 minutes.
Can I have the vaccine while I am on my period?
Yes, you can get the HPV vaccine when you’re menstruating.
Can I have the vaccine while I have a cold?
You can have the vaccination if you have a cold, but if you’re feeling very unwell or have a fever it should be rearranged for when you have recovered.
Can I safely have sex without the HPV vaccine?
Condoms can help prevent you catching HPV from those with the infection, however getting vaccinated helps to ensure the best protection.
It’s always best to practice safe sex, even after the vaccine as it doesn’t protect against other sexual transmitted infections.
Will I still need cervical screening (smear tests)?
Yes, you will still need to go for your cervical screening (smear test) even after your vaccination. Find out more out cervical screenings here.
Can men get the HPV vaccine
HPV is associated with certain types of penile and throat cancer, as well as genital warts. The vaccine will lower your risk of developing these cancers while also protecting against genital warts. The HPV vaccine has been offered in schools to girls aged 12-13 years since 2008, and from September 2019 the vaccine has also been offered to boys aged 12-13. This means that all boys and girls in school year 8 will be offered the vaccine.
However, boys above this age will have missed out on the chance to receive the vaccine in school. For any girls who missed their vaccination in school, it is available on the NHS up until their 25th birthday.
How does the LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor service work?
LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor works with three simple steps. Complete a short medical form that corresponds with the treatment you require. An online assessment will then be carried out by one of our qualified clinicians. Once approved, your order is processed and treatment made available in store. When your vaccine is available you’ll need to call your chosen store to arrange a day and time for your vaccination. Start your consultation for HPV vaccinations today.