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Vitamins

My local pharmacy, family or children’s centre will not take my Healthy Start vitamins voucher as they want people to use a contactless method

We have reminded local authorities and their distributors that they should continue to accept paper vitamin vouchers to supply vitamins to beneficiaries.

If you have a Healthy Start card, you should show this to the healthcare professional to collect your free Healthy Start vitamins every 8 weeks.

Find who stocks Healthy Start vitamins in your local area on the NHS Choices website (opens in a new tab).

If you need to report an issue using your Healthy Start card to collect Healthy Start vitamins, you should email nhsbsa.healthystart@nhs.net

Who can get free Healthy Start vitamins?

Women can have Healthy Start vitamin tablets while they’re pregnant and up to their baby’s 1st birthday. Children can have free Healthy Start vitamin drops from the age of 4 weeks until their 4th birthday. Children who are having 500ml or more of formula a day do not need Healthy Start vitamins.

Where do I get my free Healthy Start vitamins?

Your primary care trust, health board, or health trust is responsible for making free Healthy Start vitamins available to you. Ask your midwife or health visitor where to get your free Healthy Start vitamins. Find who stocks Healthy Start vitamins in your local area on the NHS Choices website (opens in a new tab). 

Do I still need vitamins if I eat a healthy diet?

You will get most of the vitamins you need from food. However, young children may not get enough vitamin A and D even if they are eating well. Pregnant and breastfeeding women may not get enough vitamin D or folic acid. Both vitamins are important for the health of you and your baby.