Vaccinating carers

Register for a coronavirus (COVID-19) booster and flu vaccine as an unpaid carer

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends that unpaid carers should be offered a coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine to help increase their immunity level. Unpaid carers are also eligible for the free flu vaccine.

Who can register for the vaccinations?

Unpaid carers aged 16 and over providing face-to-face care can book online for a coronavirus booster and flu vaccinations.

Providing face-to-face care can be anything from preparing meals and helping with other household tasks to giving personal and practical support. If that sounds like you, it’s soon going to be time to roll up your sleeve again.

By getting vaccinated, those caring for others can protect themselves from coronavirus and flu, while continuing to look after and protect others.

Only those who have had their first two doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be able to receive a booster. If you’ve not yet had your first or second dose, you should find out how to get it.

When can I receive my coronavirus booster?

Boosters can be given six months (24 weeks) after your second coronavirus vaccine dose. The flu vaccine can be given at any time.

This means some people will be able to have their coronavirus booster and flu vaccine in one appointment and others will need two appointments. You may wish to consider booking an appointment after you have passed the 6 month gap so you can have both vaccines at one appointment.

Why should I register for the vaccinations?

Every year in Scotland people are hospitalised with flu. This winter our immunity may be lower than usual, so it’s more important than ever for eligible people to get the flu vaccine.

Coronavirus booster vaccines are recommended for certain groups to give longer-lasting protection against the virus, and extra protection against any new variants that may be circulating this winter.

Am I eligible?

You will be eligible to register for coronavirus booster and flu vaccination as a carer if all of the following apply:

  • You are aged 16 or over
  • You provide face-to-face care and support to one or more family members, friends or neighbours
  • The care you provide is not part of a contract or voluntary work
  • If caring for someone under 18, they are affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health, developmental condition or substance misuse

Book online

Use the same username and password you set up for your first and second vaccine doses to either book an appointment or rearrange one that is too soon after your second dose.

If you're eligible for both the flu and COVID-19 booster vaccinations, you only need to book one appointment.  

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.

Help to book

You can book your 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'.

Further information

This information sheet from the Scottish Government has more information about additional support for unpaid carers.