Registering for a coronavirus vaccine

You can register for a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination through the online self-registration portal.

This is a convenient and immediate way to register for your coronavirus vaccine and receive your vaccination appointment details.

You will receive alerts and information digitally rather than through the post. It will also help to keep your contact details up to date and make sure you aren’t missed.

Who can currently use the registration service?

You can register for a vaccination online if you:

  • have not already had your first COVID-19 vaccination
  • are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland
  • are over 18 years old (as of 31st October 2021)

You can also register if you are 16 or 17 years old, and fall under any of the following clinical risk groups:

  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Chronic heart disease and vascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease
  • Diabetes mellitus and other endocrine disorders
  • Immunosuppression
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • Morbid obesity
  • Severe mental illness
  • Younger adult in a long-stay nursing and residential care setting

If you are an unpaid carer or an adult living with someone who is immunosuppressed and have not registered for a vaccination you should call the national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

If anyone you know is eligible but they don’t have access to the internet or a smartphone, they can still register for SMS and email updates by phoning the national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

If you don’t register

It is encouraged that as many people as possible register for their coronavirus vaccination, but you don’t have to.

If you don’t register via the online registration portal, your local NHS Board will send out an appointment to you via the post. You should make sure that your address details registered at your GP surgery are up to date so that you aren’t missed.

Alternatively, all mainland NHS Boards are currently running drop-in vaccination clinics.

Registering via the online portal helps NHS Scotland keep in contact with you, and helps them to book your appointment more efficiently.

Register for a vaccine

The online registration form will ask for details such as your:

  • name
  • Community Health Index (CHI) number (if available)
  • date of birth
  • postcode
  • gender
  • contact details
How can I find my CHI number?

Your CHI number is a unique number you are allocated when you register with your GP.

You will be able to complete the registration form without knowing your CHI number, but it will help NHS Scotland to match your record if you do know it.

You can find your CHI number in most documents or letters sent to you by NHS Scotland, such as your:

  • prescriptions
  • test results
  • hospital referral letters
  • appointment letters

Sharing these details allows NHS Scotland to correctly identify you and arrange your vaccination appointment in an appropriate location.

You can choose your preferred contact method and NHS Scotland will contact you with any updates and information you might need.

After registering

Once you have submitted your details, you'll receive a text or email confirming that you’ve registered successfully.

You’ll receive a second text or email with your appointment details. This is based on the availability of vaccine supplies and staff.

Please be patient when waiting for your second text or email with your appointment details.

If you can’t make your allocated appointment you can rearrange your appointment.

The vaccine you'll be given

You'll be offered a vaccine appropriate for your age group.

Currently, the JCVI guidance is that an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should preferably be given to those under the age of 40 (who are not part of priority groups 1 to 9) where possible, unless they have already been given the first dose safely. It’s therefore likely that you'll be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

More leaflets about the coronavirus vaccines

If you don’t have a GP practice

You can still get your coronavirus vaccination even if you aren’t registered with a GP practice or don’t have a Community Health Index (CHI) number.

You should phone the national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 and they will take you through the process.