People in Tayside and Fife over the age of 50 and with no underlying health conditions are being urged to book a Covid booster from today.
Those aged 50 to 64 are now eligible for an autumn/winter Covid booster, which can be booked through the online portal.
An estimated 240,000 people in Tayside and 175,000 in Fife are currently eligible for a booster vaccine in the coming months.
But where can you receive a Covid booster vaccine this autumn?
What are the vaccines on offer for the booster jab?
And what’s happening with the flu vaccine?
We’re answering all your questions about the autumn/winter Covid booster vaccine programme.
Where can I get my Covid booster?
Clinics are running across Tayside and Fife and you can choose the most convenient one when booking your appointment.
Clinics in Tayside are:
- Arbroath Community Centre (Marketgate)
- Blairgowrie Town Hall (14 Brown Street)
- Dundee Central Vaccination Centre (85 High Street)
- Forfar Vaccination Centre (Old Music Centre, Montrose Road)
- Montrose Town Hall (3 Melville Gardens)
- Perth Central Vaccination Centre (50 St John Street)
- Pitlochry Town Hall (West Moulin Road)
Clinics in Fife are:
- Argos and Officers Club stores (Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes)
- Bruce Suite (Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline)
- Lynebank Immunisation Centre (Lynebank Hospital, Dunfermline)
- Marks and Spencer (166 High Street, Kirkcaldy)
- Oakley Health Centre (Wardlaw Way, Oakley)
- Parkgate Community Centre (23 Parkgate, Rosyth)
- Randolph Wemyss Hospital (Wellesley Road, Buckhaven)
- St Andrews Community Hospital (Largo Road, St Andrews)
How do I book my appointment?
To book your appointment, visit the online portal and enter your username (which should be on any texts or letters you’ve received from the NHS with previous appointment details), as well as your password.
Once logged in, you should click the ‘Book appointment’ button and then select 50-54 Winter Vaccine Appointment.
Confirm your personal details (or edit if need be), select your clinic location and then choose an appointment from the dates available.
You can rearrange your appointment in the portal, if you need to.
Which vaccine will I get?
A new Covid vaccine has been approved for use as part of Scotland’s autumn/winter booster programme.
The new Moderna mRNA bivalent Omicron BA.1/Original ‘wild-type’ vaccine has been approved for anyone aged 18 and older.
It targets both the original version of Covid and the Omicron BA.1 variant, which first emerged in South Africa in November 2021.
Doses of the new dual vaccine will be distributed in Scotland. However, some receiving a booster this year will get the original Moderna vaccine or a dose of Pfizer.
What about the flu vaccine?
Those eligible for a Covid booster and the flu vaccine will receive both jabs at the same time, wherever possible.
If you usually get the flu vaccine, you should receive a text or letter with details of an appointment for you at one of the local clinics above.
You should still receive an appointment for the flu vaccine even if you’re not eligible for the Covid booster vaccine.
If you need hell or more information, you can contact the coronavirus vaccination and booster enquiries line on 0800 030 8013.