Vaccinating carers

Register for a coronavirus (COVID-19) booster 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 vaccination. Boosters can be given 3 months (12 weeks) after your second coronavirus vaccine dose. The flu vaccine can be given at any time.

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, 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.

Flu vaccine

Due to the new Omicron variant, NHS Scotland is rolling out the coronavirus booster vaccine programme more quickly as a priority. We will no longer be offering flu vaccines alongside coronavirus vaccine boosters at community clinics. Overall, with the amount of flu infections being lower this season, and with precautions being taken (such as face masks, hand washing and sanitising) and with those in the highest risk of flu having taking up the flu vaccine in high numbers prior to mid-December, we are now focusing more on coronavirus vaccine boosters.

Unpaid carers are eligible for a free flu vaccine which you may be able to get at a NHS community pharmacy or via your midwife if you are pregnant. We will update this page if we are able to restart offering flu vaccines in any of our coronavirus community clinics in early 2022.

Am I eligible?

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

  • you're 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 your booster appointment 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 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.