Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?

These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
  • anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid and young carers
  • social care workers who provide direct personal care

Why should I 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.

Where can I get a flu vaccine if I’m not eligible for a free one?

You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.

Getting your flu vaccine

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the need to keep physical distancing means it is not possible for GP practices to give flu vaccines to everyone that should get one.

In Edinburgh, we will set up hubs around the city to give flu vaccines to all eligible people over the coming months. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and hygiene standards.

If you attend a GP appointment in person during the Flu vaccine season, you may be given a flu vaccine while you are in the practice, but you will not be able to make an appointment just to receive a flu vaccine.

What do I do if I’m over 65, aged 18-64 and in a clinical risk group, pregnant, a carer or living with someone who was shielding during lockdown?

You should attend a drive through clinic to receive your flu vaccine. Read on to find all the information you need to know.

If you cannot attend the drive through clinic, you have the option of receiving your flu vaccine at a local pharmacy. See the list at the bottom of the page for all local pharmacies offering the free flu vaccine.

What do I do if I’m 55-64?

If you are aged 55-64, and are not in any of the above categories, you will get a vaccine in a later phase of the programme. We will update this information as soon as all the details are confirmed.

What do I do if I have a child at primary school?

Most primary school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform   

What do I do if I have a child who is 2, 3, 4, or 5?

Children aged 2-5 will get their flu vaccines at special hubs around the city. We will update this information as soon as the details are confirmed.

What if I have any questions?

You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at You can also call 0800 22 44 88.

Drive through site information

Edinburgh Bioquarter   


Younger Building, Edinburgh Park (beside The Gyle) 

Who should use this site?

•           anyone aged 65 and over

•           anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups

•           those living with people shielding

•           pregnant women

•           unpaid and young carers.

Dates of drive through clinics

Friday 11th December

Saturday 12th December

When should I attend?

You can attend on any of these dates. To help with queuing and traffic flow, we have allocated timeslots by surname.

Please come at the time next to the first letter of your surname. If there is more than one person in the car, come at the time allocated by the surname of the driver.



First letter of surname

9am - 11am

A – G

11.30am - 1.30pm

H - O

2pm - 3.30pm

P - Z

Please check the NHS Inform website for any changes to clinics due to inclement weather.

What should I do when I arrive?

·           arrive on time - please don’t come early

·           please come at the time set aside for the first initial of your surname. If more than one person in the car is getting a flu vaccine, come at the time for the driver’s surname

·           wear short sleeves if possible

·           have your sleeve rolled up by the time you get to the front of the queue

·           all eligible people from your household should come in the same car if possible

·           follow the signs

·           before you receive your flu vaccine, you will be asked some questions to check it’s safe for you to get the vaccine

·           please let us know if you’ve had a reaction to a vaccination in the past

·           turn off your engine if you think you might be sitting in the car for a while

·           you may have to wait in a queue, please be patient

·          after you have received your flu vaccine, please park in the spaces set aside and wait for 15 minutes before driving off. This is to make sure you don’t have an early reaction and that you’re safe to drive off afterwards

What else do I need to know?

·           you do not need to come to the first date available to you – there will be enough vaccines on any date you attend. To help with traffic flow, please think about coming on a later date in the programme if you can

·           if you feel unwell or have a temperature, do not come to the drive through site. Wait until you are well and attend at a later date

·           there are no toilet facilities available

·           the team giving the vaccinations are trained professionals who will be wearing protective clothing and equipment to protect both you and them

·           the systems we’ve put in place will get people vaccinated as safely and quickly as possible

·           if you feel unwell after receiving your flu vaccine, please let one of the team know as soon as possible

Adult walk through clinics

If you cannot attend the drive through clinic you can attend a walk through clinic. These are at Sighthill Health Centre, Pennywell All Care Centre , Leith Community Treatment Centre, Craigmillar Medical Centre and Gracemount Medical Centre.

The dates you can attend are:

Saturday 12th December.

You do not need an appointment so please do not contact the centres. You must attend at the time slot specific to your surname. Please see the table below for details.


First letter of surname

9am - 11am

A – G

11.30am - 1.30pm

H - O

2pm - 3.30pm

P - Z 


If you have any comments, positive or otherwise, these should be directed to and not the practice.

Local Pharmacies offering the free flu vaccine

By appointment only.

Newington Pharmacy, Clerk Street, 0131 667 2368

Right Medicine (Royal Mile) Pharmacy, High Street, 0131 556 1971

Right Medicine (Mackenzie) Pharmacy, Forrest Road, 0131 225 7770

Right Medicine Pharmacy, Marchmont Road, 0131 447 2198

Omnicare Pharmacy, Causewayside, 0131 667 2151

Omnicare Pharmacy, Home Street, 0131 229 7778

Omnicare Pharmacy, Walter Scott Avenue, 0131 664 2363

Bristo Square Pharmacy, Bristo Square, 0131 668 2182

Boots, St Patrick Street, 0131 667 1698

Boots, Newington Road, 0131 667 3008

Boots, Princes Street, 0131 225 8331

Boots, Shandwick Place, 0131 225 6757

Boots, Multrees Walk, 0131 556 2119

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