Rearrange or opt-out of your vaccination appointment

NHS Scotland will contact you about your vaccination appointments.

NHS Scotland will never ask you to pay for the flu or coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines if you are eligible. Do not share your bank details with anyone offering you the vaccine for a fee.

If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccine then you may be able to get vaccinated for a small fee at your local pharmacy.

Rearranging your appointment

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Please make every effort to attend your appointment. This allows NHS Scotland to continue to offer vaccinations to everyone as quickly as possible.

However, if you are still unable to attend, or cannot get to the venue you can rearrange your appointment.

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 coronavirus vaccine.

Children and young people aged 5 to 17 years should wait 4 weeks from date of test or first symptoms (whichever is earlier) to get the coronavirus vaccine if:

  • they're at higher risk from coronavirus due to an underlying health condition
  • they share living accommodation, on most days, with someone who has a weakened immune system

Children and young people aged 5 to 17 years who have recently had a confirmed coronavirus infection should wait 12 weeks from date of test or first symptoms (whichever is earlier) to get the vaccine.

Do not wait to get vaccinated against flu if you're eligible.

If you're trying to rearrange your appointment online and there are no vaccination appointments available, please check again later. The national vaccination helpline will be unable to offer alternative appointments as they use the same online booking system.

Opting out of vaccination

NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get vaccinations when they are offered to you.

However, if you decide to opt-out of getting vaccinated, you should use the 'rearranging your vaccine' guide above, to find out how to remove yourself from the programme.

After opting out, you will receive no invitations to attend vaccination appointments.

If you change your mind after opting-out and want to get vaccinated, phone the appropriate number using the details in the guide.

Last updated:
27 September 2022