Flu and Covid-19 Vaccination & Booster Programme

This page provides staff with information relating to the Vaccination Programme and their vaccination passport for their board during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Flu and COVID19 Vaccination and Booster Programme

NSS will be delivering COVID19 Vaccinations for National Services Scotland, National Education Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland staff.

As guided by the Scottish Government each Board has been required to identify their priority staff groups against the information identified within the Green Book, Chapter 14.

Vaccination Portal is now live - book your Flu vaccine here: NHS Inform;  https://vacs.nhs.scot/csp

Flu and COVID19 Vaccination and Booster Programme 2021

If you are aged 16 and over with an underlying health condition that makes you eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster and the flu vaccine, you can check your appointment status online

If you are aged 60 and over and not had your flu vaccine and COVID19 Vaccine Booster, you can check your appointment status online

National Services Scotland

Flu and COVID19 Vaccination and Booster Programme

NSS will be delivering COVID19 Vaccinations for National Services Scotland, National Education Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland staff.

As guided by the Scottish Government each Board has been required to identify their priority staff groups against the information identified within the Green Book, Chapter 14.

Vaccination Portal is now live - book your Flu vaccine here: NHS Inform;  https://vacs.nhs.scot/csp

Flu and COVID19 Vaccination and Booster Programme 2021

If you are aged 16 and over with an underlying health condition that makes you eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster and the flu vaccine, you can check your appointment status online

If you are aged 60 and over and not had your flu vaccine and COVID19 Vaccine Booster, you can check your appointment status online

NHS Education for Scotland

Flu and COVID19 Vaccination and Booster Programme

NSS will be delivering COVID19 Vaccinations for National Services Scotland, National Education Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland staff.

As guided by the Scottish Government each Board has been required to identify their priority staff groups against the information identified within the Green Book, Chapter 14.

Vaccination Portal is now live - book your Flu vaccine here: NHS Inform;  https://vacs.nhs.scot/csp

Flu and COVID19 Vaccination and Booster Programme 2021

If you are aged 16 and over with an underlying health condition that makes you eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster and the flu vaccine, you can check your appointment status online

If you are aged 60 and over and not had your flu vaccine and COVID19 Vaccine Booster, you can check your appointment status online

 

Public Health Scotland

Flu and COVID19 Vaccination and Booster Programme

NSS will be delivering COVID19 Vaccinations for National Services Scotland, National Education Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland staff.

As guided by the Scottish Government each Board has been required to identify their priority staff groups against the information identified within the Green Book, Chapter 14.

Vaccination Portal is now live - book your Flu vaccine here: NHS Inform;  https://vacs.nhs.scot/csp

Flu and COVID19 Vaccination and Booster Programme 2021

If you are aged 16 and over with an underlying health condition that makes you eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster and the flu vaccine, you can check your appointment status online

If you are aged 60 and over and not had your flu vaccine and COVID19 Vaccine Booster, you can check your appointment status online

    • Flu & COVID19 Vaccinations & Booster Booking FAQ'sHealthcare Improvement Scotland, National Services Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service

      NHS Inform online appointment booking portal – Q&A

      1. What’s happening?

      In line with clinical advice, we have been prioritising flu and COVID-19 booster vaccinations according to clinical risk.  Over the past few weeks we have offered vaccination appointments, for example, to care homes, the over-60s, the clinically extremely vulnerable, those with underlying health conditions, and frontline health and social care workers.  This approach helped ensure the most at risk groups were able to receive their vaccinations before other eligible groups.

      From 15 November the online portal will be available for eligible adults aged 50 to 59 years; unpaid carers aged 16 years and over; and people aged 16 years and over who are household contacts of people who are immune-suppressed, who want to book their flu and COVID-19 booster vaccination appointment in late November and December.  At this point, scheduled appointments should have been completed by Health Boards, allowing these groups a choice of dates for vaccination. 

       

      2.Who is being offered the flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster vaccines?

      This year’s Autumn/Winter vaccination programme began in September. The people most at risk from flu are being prioritised for the vaccine along with those prioritised for COVID-19 booster vaccinations.

      The following groups of people are recommended to have the free flu vaccine this year:

      The following groups of people are currently eligible to receive their COVID-19 booster vaccination in the Autumn/Winter vaccination programme:

      • People aged over 50
      • People with highest health risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
      • People aged 16+ with underlying health conditions
      • People aged 16+ who are household contacts for someone who is immune-suppressed
      • Unpaid carers aged 16 years and over
      • Front line health and social care staff.

       

      3. What is the ‘third dose’ for people who are severely immune-suppressed?

      Some people who received their first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine and were severely immune-suppressed at that time, are to have a third primary dose of vaccine.

      While this is the same vaccine as a booster, we are calling it a third dose, as these people may need a follow up booster again in around 6 months (this is still to be confirmed by the JCVI).

      People in this group have been identified by their medical codes in their clinical notes or by their doctors. In such cases the appointment invitation letter states specifically that this is a ‘third dose for severely immunosuppressed individuals’.

      More information can be found at NHS Inform Coronavirus Third Dose Vaccination.

       

      4. How are groups of people being invited?

      Some eligible groups – such as frontline health and social care workers, non-frontline NHS workers for flu only; and frontline education and prison care workers for flu only – can currently book their vaccination appointments online on NHS Inform at Vaccinations for health and social care workers

      Care home residents are being visited by vaccination teams to be vaccinated in their homes. Care home staff may be done at the same visit or they can book on the health and social care portal above.

      The following groups have been receiving appointments, either by letter or from their GP surgery. Most of these people will already have their appointment, but some letters will still be sent out for remaining November appointments.

      If you have not heard by 19 November and you are in one of the groups below, you can log in to the online portal using your vaccination username, to see if an upcoming appointment has been booked for you, or you can call the National Helpline. These groups are:

      • All those 60 years and over
      • All those who are 16+ and are clinically extremely vulnerable
      • All those 16 + years with underlying health conditions.

      Other people will not receive letters and should book an appointment via the online portal.

       

      5.What about the rest of the eligible groups – how will they be booked for an appointment?

      From 15 November, adults aged 50-59, unpaid carers aged 16 years and over, and people aged 16 years and over who are household contacts of someone who is immune-suppressed can self-book for both the flu vaccine and a COVID-19 booster vaccine using the online portal You just need to book one appointment – as we aim to do both at same time (if your time is as below).

      There will normally will be 24 weeks between your second dose of COVID-19 primary vaccine and your booster. However, if you are also coming for a flu vaccine, we can offer some flexibility to give your COVID-19 booster together with your flu between a 22-24 week window.  This is clinically safe and in line with medical guidance.

      If you want to have both vaccinations together, to save you two trips to the clinic, you should count how many weeks it is since your second COVID-19 dose and plan a date that works with this.

      You should not book a date before 22 weeks since your second dose.  If you do so and attend the appointment you will not be given your COVID-19 booster.

       

      6. I’m in one of those categories - is there anything I should be doing in advance of 15 November?

      You will require your vaccination username to book your appointment on the NHS portal so please make sure you have this to hand.  Your vaccination username can be found in your coronavirus vaccination appointment letters. You can use this to register and create your own password.

      If you have lost or forgotten your vaccination username or password, you can create new ones by selecting the 'recover username' or 'forgotten your password' options on NHS Inform.

       

      7. So what happens on 15 November and after?

      The online booking portal becomes available on NHS Inform to allow those in the categories above to book their appointment in late November and throughout December.  The portal will remain open into the New Year for people to book appointments.

       

      8. What happens if I don’t have a computer or a smart phone?

      From 15 November you can book via the national help line on 0800 030 8013.  They will find a date and time in the online portal for you. Note that if your Health Board is not using the online booking portal (NHS Highland*, NHS Western Isles, NHS Shetland), the national help line cannot book your appointment for you.  If you live in one of  these NHS Health Board areas you should check local details on your Health Board’s website or social media feeds.

      * NHS Highland may use the booking system in one specific test area – check the NHS Highland vaccination pages on their website.

       

      9. I am in one of those categories - do I need to book my appointment on 15 November exactly?

      There is no need to book on 15 November.  Initially, appointment dates are likely to be from 29 November through December.  This will however depend on local Health Boards – some may have appointments available prior to 29 November, for example if people had an appointment that they rescheduled to a later date.

      It is likely that most dates will be available in December but, as the flu season historically starts in December you are encouraged to choose an early date, and certainly one before the end of December if possible. 

      The online booking portal will be available until at least the end of December. Alternatively appointments can be booked by calling the National Helpline.  

       

      10. So I’ll not receive a letter advising me of my appointment?

      No, you will need to self-book through the online portal if you are in these groups.  This helps you to choose a time that is as convenient as possible for you, and helps us to fill up our clinics as effectively as possible.

      If your NHS Board is NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles or NHS Orkney, you will receive a letter offering you an appointment.  If this appointment is not suitable you will be able to reschedule your appointment as advised in the letter.

      In January, we will check who has received a COVID-19 booster vaccination and will issue reminder letters with appointments to anyone who has not come forward.  However, you should not wait to fall into this category – we want you to be protected as soon as possible against flu and COVID-19 and to ensure you can safely see friends and family over the festive period, and so you should book your appointment through the online portal if you are eligible.

       

      11. What are my choices likely to be for the venue of my vaccination? 

      You will be able to book to attend a community clinic of your choice. These facilities allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, quickly, efficiently, and conveniently for most people.  However an appointment can be booked in another health board area if more convenient – for example if you live in one town or city but work in another.

      We continue to explore available options to maximise capacity in the vaccination programme, for example providing additional clinics at evenings and weekends, or through targeted outreach to support specific communities.

       

      12. Why are appointments only beginning to become available now – more flu vaccinations had been done by this time last year?

      As far as possible Health Boards are being encouraged to provide flu vaccinations and booster jags at the same appointment rather than requiring you to attend separate appointments.  This approach allow us to deliver vaccinations as efficiently as possible and minimise the number of appointments that you will need to attend. This may mean that the flu vaccination is offered slightly later than might have been the case previously, as a minimum of 24 weeks needs to elapse from the second COVID dose before a booster jag becomes available.  

       

      13. I’m being urged to get my flu vaccination before the end of December and I’m being urged to get it at the same time as my booster – yet I don’t become eligible for my booster until January.  What should I do?

      Clinical guidance is that a COVID-19 booster vaccination should be administered after 24 weeks from the second primary dose.  The Green Book, the reference guide for clinicians, has however also been updated to allow for a booster 22 weeks after the second dose, providing flexibility to allow both flu and COVID-19 booster vaccinations to be administered at the same time in a slightly earlier time frame.  If you are eligible for a flu vaccination but will not reach the 22 week timescale for COVID-19 booster until January, the Green Book recommends that you should not unduly delay your flu vaccination. So please book a flu vaccination, and after you have received this please then book another appointment for your COVID-19 booster on a date that will be 22 weeks or more after your second dose.

       

      14. I’ve had my flu vaccination, how quickly can I get in and book my COVID-19 booster vaccination?

      You can use the portal to book your COVID-19 booster appointment 24 hours after you’ve had your flu jab, for a date that is at least 24 weeks after your primary second dose.

       

      15. Why hasn’t the portal been made more widely available before now?

      Throughout the vaccination programme we have been focused on allocating appointments first and foremost for the most vulnerable people before opening this up more widely via our online portal in mid-November.  We also utilise appointing methods that have previously proven effective, with evidence showing that appointments by letter work well for higher risk groups.

      This approach ensures that those in greatest need are vaccinated first and makes the best use of resources in line with clinical priorities.

      We remain on track with Scotland’s booster programme, which has been prioritising the most vulnerable by either inviting them to come forward for a vaccination or by visiting them in settings such as care homes.  We have been sending appointment letters to people so that we reach the most at risk first.

      We are now ready to make the online portal available more widely, allowing eligible people to book an appointment time and date that is convenient for them.

       

      16. I cannot access the online portal but am eligible and want a jag – what do I do?

      From 15 November you can book an appointment via the NHS Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

       

      17. I couldn’t see an appointment online that suited me, do the Helpline have access to additional appointments?

      No, the helpline access the same system used by individuals and so do not have access to additional appointments.  If you cannot find an appointment that suits you please check back at a later time as new options will come up as other people reschedule their appointment.  Health Boards will sometimes add more capacity or new clinics dependent on staffing or other factors, so please check back regularly.

       

      18. I haven’t had a COVID-19 vaccination previously, what are my options now?

      Vaccination remains the single most important step you can take to protect you, your loved ones, and others from infection by COVID-19.  If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, or if you haven’t completed your course, you can still do so.

      • You can book your first or second dose online at NHS Inform or contact the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
      • You can find local walk-in clinics offered by your local Health Board (please note these are for COVID-19 primary courses only and not for COVID-19 boosters).

      You can find details on how to register and book, and about walk-in clinics at NHS Inform at Vaccine open access services.

       

      19. I received an appointment but couldn’t attend [the letter arrived late, I was away on holiday, away through work, etc].  Can I rebook using the online portal?

      We advise people to make every effort to attend a vaccination appointment when one is offered, but accept that this is not always possible which is why we offer an online rescheduling facility on NHS Inform for those who could not attend. 

      However, if you were offered an appointment and didn’t attend or reschedule, you will not be able to book a new appointment on the online portal. 

      In those specific circumstances you will need to phone the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013 for the Helpline to book a new appointment for you. 

      If you missed one of your primary COVID-19 vaccinations – first or second doses – you can attend a walk-in clinic offered by your local Health Board.  You can find more information on NHS Inform at Vaccine open access services

      If you have already had a flu vaccination and you now need a COVID-19 booster you will be able to book through the online portal from 15 November; or via the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013.  You can arrange an appointment via the Helpline prior to 15 November.

       

      20. I’ve had my flu vaccination but not my booster [or vice-versa]

      You can book in via the portal or the National Helpline and select an appointment anywhere in Scotland.

       

      21. I’ve moved from one area of Scotland to another

      You can use the portal or, if you don’t have online access, call the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013 to get an appointment. As long as you have a Scottish vaccination record it doesn’t matter if you have moved address, you can still book.

       

      22. I have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses in England but now live in Scotland

      You should call the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013 to either create a Community Health Identifier (CHI) or create a vaccination record in Scotland so that you can have an appointment booked.

       

      23. I’m pregnant/ trying to get pregnant and not sure if I should get a booster?

      Vaccination is the best way of protecting against the risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy – including admission of the pregnant mother to intensive care, and possible premature birth of the baby.  COVID-19 vaccines available in the UK have been shown to be effective and safe.  The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. This is also supported by the Royal College of Midwives.

      Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women of any age, because of more extensive use in pregnancy. Pregnant women who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine are advised to complete the course with the same vaccine. The second dose completes the course and is important for longer-term protection against the virus.  If you are pregnant you should discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with your clinician, including latest evidence on safety and the vaccines you should receive.

      The JCVI also advises that breastfeeding women may be offered any suitable COVID-19 vaccine.  Women trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination, and there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility.

       

    • How do I get my Covid vaccination Certificate?Healthcare Improvement Scotland, National Services Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, Public Health Scotland

      If you were vaccinated through the NSS Vaccination programme you can now access your vaccination information

      How to access my vaccination information