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Winter vaccinations

Information about flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to help protect you this winter

Don't let your protection fade. Find out what you're eligible for and when you'll be invited to get vaccinated.

Winter vaccines

The vaccines that will help protect you from flu and coronavirus this winter are being made available now.

NHS Scotland is vaccinating those most at risk first, please wait until you are contacted or called forward to book your winter vaccine appointment. NHS Scotland recommends you get your vaccines as soon as they are offered to you.

All people aged 65 or over should have received a scheduled appointment for coronavirus and flu vaccinations by now. If you have not yet received this, you can book an appointment online.

Frontline health and social care workers, and non-frontline NHS workers can book appointments online now.

People aged 5 and over, who are at higher risk of coronavirus or flu due to an underlying health condition, should expect to receive an appointment letter for winter vaccines via post, email or text from now until the end of October.

If you're pregnant, speak to your midwife about getting the flu and coronavirus vaccines.

If you're aged 50 to 64 with no additional risk factors, please wait to be contacted about your winter vaccination appointment.

Check which vaccines you'll be offered

Answer a few questions using NHS inform's self-help guide to find out if you're eligible for flu and coronavirus vaccines. Eligibility is based on age, health condition and/or job.

Online booking portal

You can log in to book using your unique username and password. This is the same as you had for your previous doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

You can rearrange your appointment if the time or day doesn't suit you.

Where possible, the winter coronavirus vaccine will be given at the same time as the flu vaccine, if you're eligible for both. This is a safe and efficient way to give maximum protection over winter months.

The coronavirus vaccine should be given at least 12 weeks after your last dose. Only 1 dose of the flu vaccine is needed each winter.

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Who will be offered the winter vaccines

NHS Scotland recommends you have both the flu and coronavirus vaccines this year if you're:

Flu vaccine

The flu vaccine is also recommended for:

Which frontline health and social care workers are eligible for the vaccines this winter?

NHS Scotland is vaccinating frontline health and social care workers to help protect them and the highest risk patients they come into contact with, in line with the Green Book. Frontline workers are the following and those who have a patient facing role where they have frequent face-to-face contact with patients. This includes:

  • non clinical ancillary staff who may have social contacts with patients but are not directly involved in patient care including receptionists, ward clerks, porters and cleaners
  • Allied Health Professionals and Allied Health Professional clinical support workers including Scottish Ambulance, podiatrists, physiotherapists, radiographers and audiologists
  • associated clinical support staff and independent contractors
  • chiropractors and osteopaths
  • coronavirus vaccinators and vaccination centre staff
  • dentists, dental nurses and dental hygienists
  • doctors
  • donor carers at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (coronavirus vaccine only)
  • foot care specialists
  • frontline funeral operatives (coronavirus vaccine only)
  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Care Inspectorate Inspectors who are required to visit premises with vulnerable patients (coronavirus vaccine only)
  • healthcare students
  • hospital based laboratory staff
  • memory clinic staff providing care to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals or the elderly
  • MoD primary healthcare services frontline workers (deployed on Scottish bases)
  • NHS independent contractors
  • pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • registered nurses and midwives, including healthcare and midwifery support workers
  • Scottish Ambulance Service workers
  • Scottish Register of Language Professionals with the Deaf Community who work regularly in settings with elderly or clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (coronavirus vaccine only)
  • social care workers and personal care assistants
  • staff at schools for children with additional support needs
  • staff at symptomatic testing sites
  • volunteers assisting clinically extremely vulnerable individuals, for example transport to and from vaccination centres (coronavirus vaccine only)

The parents of neonatal babies are also eligible for a coronavirus vaccine.

Other vaccines

Throughout the year, NHS Scotland offers a range of other vaccinations to people at different stages in their life. Find out about these vaccines, and the diseases they protect against, and when they’ll be offered.

Further information

Visit NHS inform to find out more about winter vaccines, or how to get this information in other languages or accessible formats.