Who will be offered the coronavirus vaccine

Everyone aged 5 and over is now eligible for vaccination.

The coronavirus vaccine is free to everyone in Scotland. Do not share your bank details with anyone offering you the vaccine for a fee.

Find out how many doses of the coronavirus vaccine you’re eligible for, and when and how you’ll be offered them

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Who is currently being offered the coronavirus vaccine?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) now advise a spring booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for some groups.

More information about the coronavirus vaccine booster dose

People aged 18 and over

Everyone aged 18 and over has now been invited for coronavirus vaccination. If you have not yet received a first dose, you can make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Children and young people aged 12 to 17

NHS Scotland is offering the coronavirus vaccine to all children and young people aged 12 to 17 years.

More information about children and young people

Children aged 5 to 11

The JCVI advise that all children aged 5 to 11 are offered the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

NHS Scotland are making plans to invite all eligible children for vaccination. Please wait to be contacted.

NHS Scotland is offering 2 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to all children aged 5 to 11 years.

More information on vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 years

People with a severely weakened immune system

A third dose of the coronavirus vaccine is being offered to people aged 5 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses.

The third primary dose for people with a severely weakened immune system is not a booster dose.

More information about the third primary dose

People with a weakened immune system

Health conditions or treatments that may mean people have a weakened immune system include:

Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • solid organ transplant recipients
  • bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients
  • adults aged 16 years or over with HIV infection (at all stages)
Genetic disorders affecting the immune system

For example:

  • deficiencies of IRAK-4 or NEMO
  • complement disorder
  • SCID
Immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy

Including, but not limited to:

  • anti-TNF
  • alemtuzumab
  • ofatumumab
  • rituximab
  • patients receiving protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • individuals treated with steroid sparing agents such as cyclophosphamide and mycophenolate mofetil


Steroid medication
  • adults aged 16 or over treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20mg or more per day
  • children and young people aged 5 to 15 years treated with or likely to be treated with high or moderate dose corticosteroids
Blood cancers
  • those with haematological malignancy, including leukaemia and lymphoma
  • adults aged 16 or over with myeloma


Auto-immune diseases

Those who require long term immunosuppressive treatment for conditions including, but not limited to:

  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • scleroderma
  • psoriasis
Non-biological oral immune modulating drugs for children and young people aged 5 to 15 years
  • methotrexate
  • azathioprine
  • 6-mercaptopurine
  • mycophenolate

The eligibility criteria for people with a weakened immune system (immunosuppression) is defined in tables 3 and 4 of the COVID-19: the green book chapter 14a.

If you feel you have a weakened immune system and your condition or medication does not appear on the list, please talk to the clinician that manages your condition. They may be able to refer you to your NHS Board for vaccination if appropriate.

Self-registration portal

If you're 16 or over you can register for a first dose of the coronavirus vaccination through the online self-registration portal.

This is an easy and quick way to register for your coronavirus vaccine and receive your vaccination appointment details.

More information about self-registration

What to expect at your appointment

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.

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

You may be asked about your ethnic group at your vaccination appointment if NHS Scotland do not already have this information recorded. This information will be used for statistics, research and public health planning. Your personal data will not be shared with any other organisations.

This video outlines what to expect at a local vaccination clinic.

Who should not get the vaccination

You should not get the coronavirus vaccine if you've had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to any of the ingredients in the vaccine or a previous dose of the vaccine.

Before you're vaccinated, tell the person giving you the vaccine if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

This will affect very few people, and you will be able to ask any questions at your appointment.

Further information about the vaccines and their ingredients

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and the vaccine

If you're pregnant or breastfeeding, read more about the coronavirus vaccine and pregnancy.

Last updated:
05 May 2022