Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccination

How to book

You can log in to book using the same username and password details you set up for your first two doses of coronavirus vaccine.

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 (COVID-19) vaccine booster dose will help extend the protection you gained from your first two 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 and it will help reduce the risk of you needing to go to hospital due to coronavirus this winter.

A booster dose is different from a third primary dose for people with a severely weakened immune system. If you had a third primary dose, you'll be offered a booster dose to extend the protection from your previous three doses.

Who is eligible for the booster dose?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (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.

You'll be offered a booster dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. 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 daily.

People with a severely weakened immune system will receive an invitation letter for a booster appointment at least 3 months (12 weeks) after their third dose appointment.

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.

Due to the new Omicron variant, NHS Scotland is rolling out the coronavirus booster vaccine programme more quickly as a priority. We will no longer be offering flu vaccines alongside coronavirus vaccine boosters at community clinics. Overall, with the amount of flu infections being lower this season, and with precautions being taken (such as face masks, hand washing and sanitising) and with those in the highest risk of flu having taking up the flu vaccine in high numbers prior to mid-December, we are now focusing more on coronavirus vaccine boosters.

From now on, low risk groups will no longer be offered flu vaccine this season. This includes:

  • teachers, nursery teachers and pupil facing support staff (in both local authority and independent settings)
  • prison officers and support staff who deliver direct detention services
  • those aged 50 to 64 years old without underlying risk factors

If you are in a high risk group for flu, you can still have flu vaccine this winter season (but not in our coronavirus vaccination clinics). This includes:

  • pregnant women
  • those aged 65 years or older
  • those with underlying health conditions
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • adult unpaid carers
  • adults aged 16 years or over who live with someone with a severely weakened immune system

If you are in one of these high risk groups, you may get a flu vaccine at a NHS community pharmacy or via your midwife if you are pregnant. We will update this page if we are able to restart offering flu vaccines in early 2022 in any of our community clinics.

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've recently tested positive for coronavirus, you should wait until 4 weeks after the date you were tested to get any dose of 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. 

If you haven't been invited yet

If you're aged 60 years or over or if you're aged 16 years or over and have an underlying health condition, you will be invited to your vaccination appointment by letter or phone call.

If you have not been invited yet, you can log in online or phone the national vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 to check if an appointment has been booked for you.

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'.

Further information

More information is available in this coronavirus booster leaflet.