The First Minister announced earlier this week that Scotland’s booster jab programme will kick-off next week.
During the announcement, Nicola Sturgeon explained the booster jab as a “very significance and very welcome extension of the vaccine programme.”
The UK-wide Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that Covid-19 vaccine boosters should be given to the more vulnerable people in order to maximise protection ahead of the winter months.
The booster programme is intended to prolong the protection that Covid jabs provide.
More information on the booster jab is expected to be released shortly, but here is exactly when you can book your vaccine:
Groups who can book booster vaccine from Monday
1. Frontline health and social care workers
Frontline health and social care workers will be able to book their booster appointment from Monday September 20.
These frontline workers will be able to book booster jab appointments online through NHS inform website.
2. Elderly care home residents
From Monday, residents in care homes for older people will be offered their jab.
This part of the booster programme will run in line with the flu-vaccine roll out with residents receiving both jabs at the same time.
Who else will get a booster jab?
1. Adults over 50
All over-50s will be offered a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Those aged 70 and over should expect to hear from the GP or by letter very shortly to be offered their booster.
Adults aged between 50 and 70 years old – who do not suffer from health conditions considered as the most vulnerable- will need to wait a little longer for their third jab.
They will be able to book their appointment online on the NHS inform website from October.
In addition to frontline health and social care workers, adult carers, unpaid carers and young carers will be offered a third dose.
Carers will be able to book their booster appointment from October on the NHS inform website.
3. Younger people with underlying health conditions
Like those in the over 70 category, younger adults with health conditions making them most at risk will be contacted via letter or by their GP shortly.
5. Household contacts
Additionally, adults who are household contacts of those with suppressed immune systems will be offered a third dose.
Household contacts can book their booster jab online from October.
Don’t miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond – Sign up to our daily newsletter here.