Winter vaccination Programme

The winter vaccination programme has started.

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, you will get a letter from NHS Scotland. This will either give you an appointment date and time at one of the flu vaccination clinics in Lothian, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.


If you are eligible for a COVID booster, you may get this at the same time as your flu jab, but this is not guaranteed, and you may have to attend two separate appointments.


You will not get your flu or COVID jabs at your GP practice. Please do not contact the surgery about your flu or COVID jab appointments.


If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/rearrange-your-flu-vaccine-appointment. Alternatively you can call the helpline on 0800 030 8013 for assistance with re-booking.


If you are housebound, your jabs will be given to you by the housebound team, and they will be in touch to arrange this.

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Staying healthy, safe and cared for is more important now than ever before. Protecting yourself from flu this winter is one way to do this. And it’s quick, safe and easy.
In Edinburgh this year, if you are eligible for a flu jab, you will receive a letter. The letter will either give you an appointment, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.
Over 50s, pregnant people, unpaid carers and those at risk due to existing health conditions will be offered a flu jab. You may also qualify for a flu jab because of the job that you do.


To check if you are eligible for a flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu.
You may also be eligible for a COVID-19 booster jab this winter. If you are, you may be given both you flu and COVID jabs at the same appointment. However, this will not always be possible, and you may have to attend two separate appointments. To find out more about the COVID boosters, visit NHS Inform

If you are unable to attend your appointment, you can rearrange your appointment online, or call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.
To find out more about flu jabs for children, visit the NHS Lothian website


Flu jabs are already being given to 2-5 year-olds, and school age children. Everyone else that is eligible for the free flu jab will be invited soon. There’s no need to do anything just now and you don’t need to call your GP. Find out if you’re eligible at www.nhsinform.scot/flu



Who should get a flu vaccine
Who can get a free flu vaccine this year?
These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:
• Adults aged 50 or over (or will be by 31 March 2022)
• Pregnant women
• People aged 6 months or over with an eligible health condition
• Healthcare workers
• NHS independent contractors including GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists and laboratory staff (working on coronavirus testing) and support staff
• Social care workers who deliver direct personal care
• Unpaid and young carers
• Nursery, primary and secondary school teachers and pupil facing support staff in both a Local Authority and Independent setting
• Prisoner population
• Prison officers and support staff who deliver direct front-facing detention services
• Children aged 2–5 years and not yet in school (children must be aged 2 years or above on 1 September 2021 to be eligible)
• Primary school children (primary 1 to primary 7)
• Secondary school pupils (years 1 to 6)


Why you should get a flu vaccine
With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine. Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.
What you should I do if I am aged 70 or older?
You will receive a letter from NHS Scotland with an appointment.
If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/rearrange-your-flu-vaccine-appointment. Alternatively you can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.
What you should I do if I am:
• aged 50-70
• aged under 50 and in a clinical risk group
• pregnant
• a carer
You will receive a letter from NHS Scotland with instruction on how to make an appointment using an online portal.
You can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with making an appointment.
Where you can get a flu vaccine if you’re not eligible for a free one
You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.
Where you can find out more
You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0300 790 6296.
What about COVID vaccines?
A COVID booster dose will be offered to:
• those living in residential care homes for older adults
• frontline health and social care workers
• all adults aged 50 years or over
• adults aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health
• conditions that put them at higher risk of severe coronavirus
• adult carers (aged 16 or over)
• household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals.
If you are eligible, you will either be sent an appointment letter, or be invited to make an appointment using an online portal. The booster dose can be offered any time at least 6 months after your second dose. This means that you may get your COVID booster at the same time as your flu jab, but this is not guaranteed.



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