Flu and COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Invitation letters for next eligible groups.

Scotland’s flu and COVID-19 Booster programmes are continuing with pace as people aged 60 to 69 and adults aged 16 and over with underlying health conditions will start to receive invitations for their flu and COVID-19 booster vaccinations through the post from today.

Appointments for this group will take place at a local community clinic and will run from late October and throughout November.

Currently, as per JCVI advice, we are vaccinating people in the highest risk groups for both flu and COVID-19 including those who are aged 70 years and over, people in older adult care homes, those who are on the Highest Risk List and frontline health and social care workers.

In addition we are delivering flu vaccinations to children under 2 years old who have underlying health conditions, preschool children aged 2-5, all school pupils, pregnant women and all NHS healthcare workers.

The winter flu and COVID-19 vaccination programme is working together to reduce the risks for both types of illness. Wherever possible, those eligible for the booster jab will receive both the flu vaccine and COVID-19 boosters on the same day. This is safe and effective to do.

More than 1.5 million COVID-19 and flu vaccinations have been administered since September 6.

For those in the underlying health conditions group, the type of health condition will guide whether they will be given a flu jab, the COVID-19 booster, or both vaccines.

To find out more about vaccine eligibility and when you will be invited visit nhsinform.scot/fluandcovid19vaccsguide

For more information about the flu vaccine, visit nhsinform.scot/fluvaccine

For more information about the COVID-19 booster visit nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccinebooster

Source: Scottish Government