Overview

These web pages are for those working within the NHS, local government and the third sector.

The pages may help them 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 for 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) and vaccinations have now begun. 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.

The Scottish Government has outlined Scotland's autumn/winter vaccination strategy for seasonal flu and COVID-19.

View Scotland's autumn/winter vaccination strategy for seasonal flu and COVID-19 (external website).

Last updated: 14 January 2022