Spring booster dose for high risk groups
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advise a spring dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for:
- adults aged 75 years and over (or who will turn 75 by 30 June 2022)
- residents in care homes for older adults
- individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system
If you're in one of these groups, you may have already received a booster dose last autumn or winter.
As you're now also eligible for the spring booster dose, NHS Scotland will contact you to arrange your appointment at the right time for you. Please wait to be invited forward.
The spring booster dose will usually be offered around 6 months since your last dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Some people may be invited sooner than this (at least 3 months since their last dose) to help protect them against any increase in coronavirus infections.
NHS Scotland will contact eligible 12 to 15 year olds about how to get their booster dose.
If you live in NHS Western Isles or NHS Orkney local health board areas, you will not need to book an appointment online as local arrangements are in place.
Why the booster dose is important
Like some other vaccines, levels of protection may begin to reduce over time. The coronavirus vaccine booster dose will help extend the protection you gained from your first 2 doses and give you longer-term protection.
You can get the booster dose any time at least 3 months (12 weeks) after your second dose.
Who is eligible for the booster dose?
The JCVI recommends that the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine is offered to:
- everyone aged 16 years or over
- older adults living in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 12 years and over with a severely weakened immune system who have had a third primary dose
- children and young people aged 12 to 15 years who are at increased risk from coronavirus due to underlying health conditions
- children and young people aged 12 to 15 years who live with someone with a weakened immune system
Find out when eligible children and young people aged 12 to 17 years will be invited for their booster dose.
People aged 18 and over will be offered a booster dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. Children and young people aged 12 to 17 years will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for their booster dose. AstraZeneca may be given as your booster dose if you have medical reasons that mean you cannot have Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna.
How to get your coronavirus vaccine booster dose
NHS Scotland recommends that you book an appointment for your coronavirus vaccine booster at least 3 months (12 weeks) after your second dose. If you can't find a date, venue and time that suits you on the online booking portal, come back later as new clinics are being added regularly.
If you need help booking an appointment, phone the national vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 (open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).
Some areas are offering coronavirus vaccine booster drop-in clinics. You can check what is available in your local area on the Vaccine drop-in clinics page or by visiting your health board’s social media account.
If you go to a drop-in clinic to get your coronavirus vaccine booster but already had a future appointment booked, NHS Scotland will automatically cancel the booked appointment for you.
Before getting the booster dose
If you have not had either your first or second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, you should arrange to have them.
Register for your coronavirus vaccine
You'll still need the booster dose but the timing of it will depend on when you had your second dose.
If you've recently tested positive for coronavirus
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. You should do this even if you have no symptoms.
Read information about children and young people aged 12 to 17 years who have recently tested positive for coronavirus
After getting the booster dose
Read the Waiting after the coronavirus vaccination leaflet for information about how long you should stay at the clinic after your vaccination.
Rearrange your appointment
You should rearrange your appointment if you cannot attend.
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment you will not be able to book a new appointment online.
You will need to phone the national vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 to book a new appointment.
You should log in as usual and click 'view appointment'. You will then be given the option to 'reschedule'.