NHSScotland is following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice and vaccinating those most at risk based on age and clinical condition.
Spring booster dose
The JCVI now advise a spring booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for:
- adults aged 75 years and over
- residents in care homes for older adults
- individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system
The spring booster dose will usually be offered around 6 months (and not before 3 months) since people’s last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Find out more about the spring booster dose on NHS inform (external website).
Children aged 5 to 11 years
The JCVI now advise that all children aged 5 to 11 are offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
Children aged 5 to 11 years who are at higher risk from COVID-19, or who share living accommodation on most days with someone with a weakened immune system, are already being offered two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Children with a severely weakened immune system may need an extra (third) dose from eight weeks after their second dose.
Find out more about the vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years on NHS inform (external website).
View a video about what to expect at a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for children aged 5 to 11 years on YouTube (external website).
Children and young people aged 12 to 17 years
Children and young people aged 12 to 17 years are eligible for two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
All young people aged 16 and 17 years are eligible for a booster dose.
Some children and young people aged 12 to 17 years at higher risk of COVID-19 are also eligible for additional doses.
Additional doses may include either:
- a third primary dose and booster doses
- booster doses
Find out more about the vaccine for children and young people aged 12 to 17 years on NHS inform (external website).
People aged 16 and over
Everyone aged 16 years and over is eligible for two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, followed by a booster dose.
Young people aged 16 and 17 years are now able to get a booster dose, for a date at least 12 weeks since their second dose.
Drop-in clinics may also be available in some areas.
Find out more about who will be offered the vaccine on NHS inform (external website).
The JCVI has advised that pregnant women of any age should be prioritised as a clinical risk group for COVID-19 vaccination.
It is important that pregnant women get all the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the booster, as soon as possible.
The vaccine can be given at any stage during pregnancy.
Find out more about pregnancy, breastfeeding and the COVID-19 vaccine on NHS inform (external website).
People with a severely weakened immune system
People aged 5 years and over with a severely weakened immune system are eligible for 3 primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. People aged 12 years and over are also eligible for booster doses.
COVID-19 vaccinations are free of charge for everyone living in Scotland.
No immigration checks are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and NHSScotland does not pass patient details to the Home Office for the purpose of immigration enforcement.
People without a GP or CHI number
People do not need to be registered with a GP, or have an existing Community Health Index (CHI) number, in order to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. CHI numbers are being used to invite people for their COVID-19 vaccination. CHI numbers identify an individual’s patient health records across health services in Scotland.
If people are not registered with a GP in Scotland or do not have a CHI number, they can register for a vaccine by contacting the national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013. They will then be invited for a vaccination appointment by their local Health Board at a later date. Please note this process will not automatically register people with a GP practice – more information on how to register with a GP practice is available on NHS inform.
Unpaid carers are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Unpaid carers are defined as people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance or people who provide face-to-face care (without payment) for someone else due to a disability, ill-health, frailty or additional issues.
The Coalition of Carers provide information and guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine for unpaid carers in Scotland. Learn more about the Coalition of Carer's information about COVID-19 and carers (external website).
Encouraging unpaid carers to get vaccinated
Dr Nicola Steedman, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Scottish Government, has recorded a video message to encourage unpaid carers to get vaccinated.
Dr Punam Krishan, NHS GP, has recorded a video message to encourage unpaid carers in minority ethnic communities to get vaccinated. This video is available in: