Rearrange or opt-out of your coronavirus vaccination appointment

NHS Scotland will contact you about your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment.

NHS Scotland will never ask you to pay for the coronavirus vaccine. Do not share your bank details with anyone offering you the vaccine for a fee.

Rearrange an appointment

Please make every effort to attend your appointment. This allows NHS Scotland to continue to offer vaccinations to everyone as quickly as possible.

However, if you are still unable to attend, or cannot get to the venue you can rearrange your appointment.

If you have recently had a confirmed coronavirus infection, you should wait 4 weeks from date of test or first symptoms (whichever is earlier) to get the vaccine.

Children and young people aged 5 to 17 years who have recently had a confirmed coronavirus infection should wait 12 weeks from date of test or first symptoms (whichever is earlier) to get the vaccine.

Children and young people aged 5 to 17 years should wait 4 weeks from date of test or first symptoms (whichever is earlier) to get the vaccine if:

  • they're at higher risk from coronavirus due to an underlying health condition
  • they share living accommodation, on most days, with someone who has a weakened immune system

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If you're trying to rearrange your appointment online and there are no vaccination appointments available, please check again later. The national vaccination helpline will be unable to offer alternative appointments as they use the same online booking system.

Attending vaccine drop-in clinics

If you are unable to attend the appointment you've been given, you can attend a vaccine drop-in clinic.

If you go to a drop-in clinic to get your coronavirus vaccine but already had a future appointment booked, NHS Scotland will automatically cancel the booked appointment for you. 

Opting out of getting the vaccine

NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the coronavirus vaccine when offered it.

However, if you decide to opt-out of getting the vaccine, you should use the 'rearranging your coronavirus vaccine' guide above, to find out how to remove yourself from the programme.

After opting out, you will receive no further invitations to attend coronavirus vaccination appointments at this time.

If you change your mind after opting-out and want to get the vaccine, phone the appropriate number using the details in the guide or attend a drop-in clinic.

Last updated:
24 May 2022