Who will be offered the coronavirus vaccine

Your local NHS health board will be in touch with you to arrange your vaccination appointment when you are eligible.

It's important not to contact your GP practice for a vaccination before then.

Who'll be offered the coronavirus vaccine first

The groups most at risk will be vaccinated first.

These are:

  • residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  • people aged 80 and over
  • frontline health and social care workers

Vaccination for other groups will begin as soon as the supply of vaccines becomes available.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

People most at risk

People aged 50 or over are most at risk, and the risk increases with age.

Older adults living in care homes are at greater risk because large groups of especially vulnerable people are living together, in surroundings where the virus can spread quickly.

Frontline healthcare and social care workers are also at risk as they may be exposed to infection.

JCVI advises the order of priority for the coronavirus vaccination is:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over

Read further information about JCVI advice on priority groups for the coronavirus vaccination on GOV.UK

The vaccine is your best protection against coronavirus. It's not mandatory but NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the vaccine when offered it.

Who should not get the vaccination

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

This will affect very few people, but 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