These web pages are for people working within the NHS, local government and staff and volunteers working in the third sector.

The pages may help third sector staff and volunteers to support their communities to access accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

These resources help the workforce to:

  • be fully informed about COVID-19 vaccination
  • support vaccine confidence and equity
  • be an aid to conversation about the vaccine

This information is updated regularly.

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, vaccine delivery and workforce and vaccine programme evaluation.

Learn more about updates by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

COVID-19 vaccine programme

COVID-19 is a highly infectious respiratory infection, first identified in late 2019.

It can spread quickly and cause serious illness, hospitalisation and death. However, a significant proportion of infections are asymptomatic. 

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

COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone living in Scotland.

Learn more about eligible groups for the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination offers good protection within three to four weeks of the first dose.

Last updated: 13 July 2022