Everything you need to know about rearranging your Covid vaccine

Everyone in Scotland aged 16 or over is now eligible to receive the Covid vaccine.

However, life can get in the way sometimes, so if you need to rearrange your appointment for the jab or would like to opt-out the NHS has released important information on how to do so.

You should rearrange your vaccine appointment if you are feeling unwell with coronavirus symptoms or have recently tested positive for the virus.

If the latter is the case, even if you have had no symptoms, you should wait four weeks from the date you were tested to get the vaccine.

Guidance on rearranging vaccine appointments has been made available by NHS Scotland.

You should also reschedule if you have been identified by NHS Test and Protect as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, or live with someone who has recently tested positive or has Covid symptoms.

For second doses, you should rearrange if your appointment is earlier than eight weeks after you received your first vaccine, unless you are immunosuppressed or have an earlier appointment for clinical reasons.

All appointments can be rearranged by visiting

The site features a step-by-step self-help guide for users to follow in order to reschedule their vaccine with their own NHS health board.

This same guide should be used to opt-out of the vaccine, however NHS Scotland strongly recommends that you should get both doses in order to protect yourself and others from coronavirus.

There is also the option to attend a local drop-in clinic to receive either your first of second vaccine, but you should use the guide to make sure you have cancelled your original appointment first.

If you think you should have received an invitation for your vaccine appointment but have not been contacted or if you have lost your letter, you can use the NHS Scotland appointment tracker to check if you have a scheduled appointment

Alternatively, if you are unable to operate the online service, you can cancel, rearrange or opt out of the vaccine by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

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