COVID-19 vaccine overview

COVID-19 is a highly infectious respiratory infection, first identified in late 2019. It can spread quickly and cause serious illness, hospitalisation and death.

COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and vaccinations have now begun. COVID-19 vaccinations started in the UK on 8 December 2020. COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Scotland.

The vaccine will be given in two doses. COVID-19 vaccination offers good protection within two to three weeks of the first dose.

These web pages are intended for partners and stakeholders who support populations eligible for COVID-19 vaccination and work in the NHS, local government or the Third Sector. The purpose of these web pages is to help this workforce be fully informed about COVID-19 vaccination and be an aid to conversation about the vaccine.

This information will be updated regularly and can help you stay informed about the vaccination programme, so you can support your community to access information about the vaccine or respond to their offer of vaccination.

NHS Inform provides information for the public on COVID-19 vaccinations (external website).

TURAS provides Educational resources and information to support COVID-19 vaccinators (external website)

We also provide information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme about vaccine surveillance and vaccine delivery and workforce.

Last updated: 19 June 2021