Vaccinations for health and social care workers

A simple guide to vaccinations for health and social care workers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine booster dose will help extend the protection you gained from your first 2 doses and give you longer-term protection.

Coronavirus booster vaccination

You can get the booster dose any time at least 3 months (12 weeks) after your second dose.

Frontline healthcare staff and social care workers aged 16 years and over are eligible for the coronavirus booster vaccination. This includes:

  • healthcare staff and social care workers providing direct care and treatment, including those who have face-to-face contact and provide physical care or treatment
  • non-clinical healthcare staff, including those who come into contact with the personal belongings, physical tissue or body fluids of patients, residents or clients, including domestic staff, porters, catering, laundry and receptionists or ward clerks
  • healthcare laboratory and pathology staff, including those who frequently handle SARS-CoV-2 or potentially infected items, for example, laboratory staff and those that handle items coming to the lab such as porters and lab receptionists
  • social care staff in long-stay care facilities, including those who work in long-stay (over 8 weeks) residential and nursing care homes, for example, domestic staff, porters, catering, laundry and receptionists

Frontline funeral operatives aged 16 years and over are also eligible for the coronavirus booster vaccination.

This includes mortuary technicians and embalmers, and funeral director staff who:

  • handle, assist in the removal of, or have direct contact with the deceased’s remains or personal belongings
  • may routinely have close contact with the deceased within the funeral home setting
  • routinely clean areas that come into direct contact with the deceased (for example surfaces where the deceased have been stored or otherwise handled), or private ambulances or similar vehicles used to transport the deceased

If your vaccine appointment is during working hours, you should not lose earnings or need to take annual leave.

Employers should support staff to go to their vaccination appointment. There's funding available for employers to allow staff to get vaccinated during working hours. The funding is to cover reasonable costs, if needed, like:

  • backfilling while a member of staff is at their vaccination appointment
  • admin costs – for example recording and reporting staff vaccinations

Read further information on how employers can access this funding

Book your vaccination online

You can log in to book using the same username and password details you set up for your first 2 doses of coronavirus vaccine.

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

If you have never received a unique username, you can sign up for one by using the 'recover username' option.

Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire and Arran

Some health and social care staff should not book their vaccination appointments online. But wait to be contacted by local occupational health teams.

This includes:

  • all health and social care staff in the Dumfries and Galloway health board area
  • health and social care staff directly employed by the Ayrshire and Arran health board and local authority

All other eligible health and social care staff in Ayrshire and Arran should book their vaccination online.

Help to register or book

You can book your booster appointment online or through the national vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013.

If you can’t find a date, venue and time that suits, come back later as new clinics are being added daily.

Reschedule your appointment

If you have booked an appointment and the time or date no longer suits you, you can reschedule your appointment online.

You should log in as usual and click 'view appointment'. You will then be given the option to 'reschedule'.