How you will get the coronavirus vaccine

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is given in 2 doses, your vaccination journey will happen in 4 stages:

  • Receiving an invitation for your first dose
  • Attending your first vaccination appointment
  • Receiving an invitation for your second dose
  • Attending your second vaccination appointment

The journey to being vaccinated can take up to 12 weeks.

Vaccination locations

Vaccinations are taking place differently across Scotland to reflect the needs of local communities.

Your coronavirus vaccination (jab, injection) may not take place at your GP practice. NHS Scotland will confirm local arrangements.

NHS Scotland will try and arrange for you to be vaccinated at the nearest location to your home but this might not always be possible.

More than 1100 vaccination venues are now operational throughout Scotland.

Invitation for your first vaccine dose

You will receive an invitation letter or phone call with your appointment details.

You should make every effort to attend the appointment at the time arranged for you.

If you are going to attend the appointment, you do not need to do anything to confirm that you're going.

Please reschedule or cancel your appointment if you cannot attend so your appointment can be given to someone else.

If you’re feeling unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend your vaccine appointment. You should self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.

Receiving your first dose

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

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

More about attending your vaccination appointment

Invitation for your second vaccine dose

The second dose of the coronavirus vaccine can be given between 3 to 12 weeks after the first.

You do not need to do anything to arrange your second dose. NHS Scotland will contact you with your appointment details. Wait to be contacted.

If you cannot attend, please rearrange or cancel your appointment so it can be offered to someone else.

The second dose completes the course and is likely to be important for longer-term protection. It's important to get both doses to protect yourself against coronavirus.

Receiving your second dose

You should follow the same instructions as you did for your first vaccination.

More about attending your vaccination appointment

Travelling to your vaccination appointment

It's important to plan ahead and allow yourself extra time to travel to the venue.

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

You should also wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

If you have been advised to shield to protect you from coronavirus and cannot access transport to get to your vaccination appointment, phone the coronavirus vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 for assistance.