Getting your vaccines is quick and easy
Staying healthy, safe and cared for is more important now than ever before. Protecting yourself from flu this winter is one way to do this. And it’s quick, safe and easy.
In Edinburgh this year, if you are eligible for a flu vaccine, you will receive a letter. The letter will either give you an appointment, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.
Over 50s, pregnant people, unpaid carers and those at risk due to existing health conditions will be offered a flu vaccine. You may also qualify for a flu vaccine because of the job that you do.
To check if you are eligible for a flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu.
You may also be eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine this winter. If you are, you may be given both you flu and COVID vaccines at the same appointment. However, this will not always be possible, and you may have to attend two separate appointments. To find out more about the COVID boosters, visit NHS Inform
Keeping people safe and healthy is a priority, so before the vaccine is administered, a nurse will ask some questions to make sure it is safe to administer the vaccine. You will also be asked to sit for a short period after you have had your vaccine, to make sure that you are not experiencing any side effects.
Please do not go to your appointment if you are feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, have recently tested positive for coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of coronavirus.
If you are unable to attend your appointment, you can rearrange your appointment online, or call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.
To find out more about flu vaccines for children, visit the NHS Lothian website
Who should get a flu vaccine
Who can get a free flu vaccine this year?
These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:
èAdults aged 50 or over (or will be by 31 March 2022)
èPeople aged 6 months or over with an eligible health condition
èNHS independent contractors including GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists and laboratory staff (working on coronavirus testing) and support staff
èSocial care workers who deliver direct personal care
èUnpaid and young carers
èNursery, primary and secondary school teachers and pupil facing support staff in both a Local Authority and Independent setting
èPrison officers and support staff who deliver direct front-facing detention services
èChildren aged 2–5 years and not yet in school (children must be aged 2 years or above on 1 September 2021 to be eligible)
èPrimary school children (primary 1 to primary 7)
èSecondary school pupils (years 1 to 6)
Why you should get a flu vaccine
With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine. Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.
What you should I do if I am aged 70 or older?
You will receive a letter from NHS Scotland with an appointment.
If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/rearrange-your-flu-vaccine-appointment. Alternatively you can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.
What you should I do if I am:
· aged 50-70
· aged under 50 and in a clinical risk group
· a carer
You will receive a letter from NHS Scotland with instruction on how to make an appointment using an online portal.
You can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with making an appointment.
Where you can get a flu vaccine if you’re not eligible for a free one
You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.
Where you can find out more
You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0300 790 6296.
What about COVID vaccines?
A COVID booster dose will be offered to
èthose living in residential care homes for older adults
èfrontline health and social care workers
èall adults aged 50 years or over
èadults aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health
èconditions that put them at higher risk of severe coronavirus
èadult carers (aged 16 or over)
èhousehold contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals.
If you are eligible, you will either be sent an appointment letter, or be invited to make an appointment using an online portal. The booster dose can be offered any time at least 6 months after your second dose. This means that you may get your COVID booster at the same time as your flu vaccine, but this is not guaranteed.