At your coronavirus vaccination appointment

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will be given in 2 doses. It offers good protection within 2 to 3 weeks of the first dose.

Attending your vaccination appointment is an essential reason for travel.

The vaccine will be given as an injection in the upper arm. It'll only take a few minutes to get the coronavirus vaccine.

During vaccination, strict infection prevention and control measures will be in place. Staff will wear face masks and ensure their hands are sanitised between patient appointments.

You should ideally wait 7 days between the coronavirus vaccine and any other vaccination.

Remember to wear a face-covering while travelling to, from and during your appointment and maintain physical distancing at all times.

You should also wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

If you feel unwell

If you're unwell on the day of your appointment, you should still go for your vaccination if it's a minor illness without fever.

If you feel very unwell your vaccine may be postponed until you have fully recovered.

Do not attend your vaccine appointment if you feel unwell with symptoms of coronavirus. Self-isolate and book a test instead.

If you've already had coronavirus

Even if you’ve already had coronavirus, you could still get it again. The vaccine will reduce your risk of another infection and the seriousness of your symptoms if you do get it again.

If you've recently tested positive for coronavirus – even if you have no symptoms – you should wait until 4 weeks after the date you were tested before getting the vaccine.

The vaccine is your best protection against coronavirus. NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the vaccine as soon as it's offered to you.

Preparing for the vaccination

On the day of your vaccine, wear practical clothing so it’s easy to access your upper arm.

If you have a fear of needles or feel anxious, try to stay calm and let the person giving you your vaccine know. They will be understanding and can support you.