Vaccination Groups
The vaccination is being rolled out across Scotland.
When offered the vaccine please take it.

COVID-19 Vaccination appointments

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). For more information and to see the JCVI priority list, visit www.gov.uk

When will I be vaccinated?

Vaccination is now available for people in the highest risk groups. After the first priority groups have been vaccinated, we will begin to offer the vaccine to other people who are at greater risk. You will be contacted by letter with your vaccination appointment when you are eligible. It’s important not to contact the NHS or your GP practice for a vaccination before then.

Click on your vaccination group below for an update on vaccination delivery.

PRIORITY GROUP 1

Residents in a care home for older adults
All eligible and consenting adults have been vaccinated.  Vaccinators are returning regularly to vaccinate residents who were unable to have the vaccine at an earlier visit. A high uptake has been achieved.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

Staff working in care homes for older adults
All care home managers have been sent relevant booking links.  Some staff have been vaccinated in the care homes and at our staff clinics. A high uptake has been achieved.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

PRIORITY GROUP 2

All those 80 years of age and over
GP practices have delivered the majority to this group with NHS Grampian support. Community nurses have been visiting those who are housebound. A high uptake has been achieved.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

Frontline Health and social care workers
Most of this work is complete, appointments will remain available for staff yet to come forward. A high uptake has been achieved.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

PRIORITY GROUP 3

All those aged 75 - 79
This cohort is now mainly complete, with second doses now being administered.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

PRIORITY GROUP 4

All those aged 70 - 74
This cohort is now mainly complete, with second doses now being administered.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 18 years of age)
This cohort is now mainly complete, with second doses due to be scheduled shortly.

People who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. There are 2 ways you may be identified as clinically extremely vulnerable:

  1. You have one or more of conditions listed below, or
  2. Your clinician or GP has added you to the Shielded Patient List because, based on their clinical judgement, they deem to you be at higher risk of serious illness if you catch the virus.

If you do not fall into any of these categories, and have not been contacted to inform you that you are on the Shielded Patient List, follow the national lockdown guidance for the rest of the population.

If you think there are good clinical reasons why you should be added to the Shielded Patient List, discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician. People with the following conditions are automatically deemed clinically extremely vulnerable:

  • solid organ transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
    • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
  • people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
  • adults with Down’s syndrome
  • adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
  • women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
  • other people who have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

PRIORITY GROUP 5

All those aged 65 - 69
This cohort is now mainly complete, with second doses due to be scheduled shortly.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

PRIORITY GROUP 6

Adults aged 16 to 64 years in an at-risk group

This cohort is now mainly complete

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

 

At risk conditions include:

Chronic respiratory disease

Individuals with a severe lung condition, including those with asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).

Chronic heart disease and vascular disease

Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, chronic heart failure, individuals requiring regular medication and/or follow-up for ischaemic heart disease. This includes individuals with atrial fibrillation, peripheral vascular disease or a history of venous thromboembolism.

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, kidney transplantation.

Chronic liver disease

Cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis.

Chronic neurological disease

Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers). This includes individuals with cerebral palsy, severe or profound learning disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and related or similar conditions; or hereditary and degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles; or severe neurological disability.

Diabetes mellitus

Any diabetes, including diet-controlled diabetes.

Immunosuppression

Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including patients undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression, patients undergoing radical radiotherapy, solid organ transplant recipients, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients, HIV infection at all stages, multiple myeloma or genetic disorders affecting the immune system (e.g. IRAK-4, NEMO, complement disorder, SCID).
Individuals who are receiving immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy including, but not limited to, anti-TNF, alemtuzumab, ofatumumab, rituximab, patients receiving protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors, and individuals treated with steroid sparing agents such as cyclophosphamide and mycophenolate mofetil.
Individuals treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20mg or more per day (any age).
Anyone with a history of haematological malignancy, including leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma and those with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments.
Some immunosuppressed patients may have a suboptimal immunological response to the vaccine.

Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen

This also includes conditions that may lead to splenic dysfunction, such as homozygous sickle cell disease, thalassemia major and coeliac syndrome.

Morbid obesity

Adults with a Body Mass Index ≥40 kg/m².

Severe mental illness

Individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment.

Younger adults in long-stay nursing and residential care settings

Many younger adults in residential care settings will be eligible for vaccination because they fall into one of the clinical risk groups above (for example learning disabilities). Given the likely high risk of exposure in these settings, where a high proportion of the population would be considered eligible, vaccination of the whole resident population is recommended.Younger residents in care homes for the elderly will be at high risk of exposure, and although they may be at lower risk of mortality than older residents should not be excluded from vaccination programmes (see priority 1 above).
For consideration of children under 16 see below.

Adult Carers

Only young carers aged 16 and 17 can now register as unpaid carers for vaccination.

This is because everyone over 30 who has not already been invited is now being scheduled for vaccination, and a self-registration service for everyone aged 18-29 has opened.

You should phone the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 to register for your coronavirus vaccine as a carer. Select option 3, register as an unpaid carer.

The process will ask you to share your date of birth, name, address and gender identity, so you can be matched against national NHS Scotland records.

PRIORITY GROUP 7

All those aged 60 - 64
This cohort is now mainly complete.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

PRIORITY GROUP 8

All those aged 55 - 59
This cohort is now mainly complete.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

PRIORITY GROUP 9

All those aged 50 - 54
This cohort is now mainly complete.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

Other Groups

All those aged 40 - 49
Invitation letters should now have arrived for those aged 40-49 years old. This is a very large group, requiring a phased approach. If you cannot attend your scheduled appointment, please use the contact details in your letter to rearrange.

There is now information and an electronic form to complete for anyone who has not been picked up in the priority cohorts:
Missing appointments | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

All those aged 30 - 39
Moray

All adults aged 30-39 in Moray are now being offered to attend for vaccination.  Delivery of COVID-19 vaccination to adults aged 18 and over in Moray is being accelerated.  Appointment letters should be arriving week commencing 10th May.  Anyone who thinks they have been missed should contact 0345 337 9899.

Aberdeenshire & Aberdeen City

30-39 years will be invited soon in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire – letters will start arriving from mid May.

All those aged 18 - 29

The self registration portal for those aged 18-29 closed on Friday 11th June.  Appointments are being allocated to those individuals over the rest of June and into July.  

Those in the 18-29 cohort who did not take up the self-registration option will still receive an invitation letter as normal and these should begin to arrive later in June.   

Information for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities
We know COVID-19 poses greater risk to people in the black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Please watch and share this video from some of the BAME GPs working in Grampian; they’ve had their vaccine and they’re encouraging you to do the same when you turn comes.
A message from Grampian BAME GP’s
Visit our FAQ section for answers to any questions you may have concerning the vaccine and appointments.

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Your Questions Answered

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit our FAQs page

Your local NHS health board will be in touch with you to arrange your vaccination appointment when you are eligible.

It's important not to contact the NHS or your GP practice for a vaccination before then. 

The public have an important part to play:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
  • When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments; and
  • Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

Your Questions Answered

We all have questions about when and where we can receive our vaccination. How many there will be? How long between injections? Are there side effects?

To find out the answers to these questions and many more please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page

Contact

You will be contacted when it is your turn to get the vaccine.

If you have received an appointment for vaccination and need to make any changes please call the number noted in the appointment letter.

National Coronavirus Helpline

NHS Inform have set up a free helpline, 0800 030 8013, to help with any general advice on coronavirus or the coronavirus vaccine.

The helpline is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm each day.

 

 

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