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Information about Scotland's largest ever vaccination programme

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Total doses administered - 12,107,175

The above graph shows the progress of the rollout of first and second doses across Scotland.

Vaccine delivery schedule

All those in JCVI priority groups 1 & 2 have been offered their first dose. This group includes care home residents, care home staff, frontline health and social care staff, and all those over 80 years old.

All over-70s and all those who are deemed to be extremely clinically vulnerable have been offered their first dose.

All over-65s have been offered their first dose.

Everyone on the JCVI priority list was offered their first dose by the middle of April. This includes all those over 50 years old and all individuals aged 16 years and above with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.

Vaccination of the remainder of the adult population commenced, with the oldest age groups being prioritised.

All adults have been booked in for their first appointment. This is five weeks ahead of the original 31 July target. If you haven't received your blue envelope yet you can get details of your vaccination through the NHS Scotland appointment checker.

All adults have been given their first dose. This was significantly ahead of schedule.

All 40 to 49-year-olds have been given their second dose.

All 30 to 39-year-olds have been given their second dose.

All adults will been given their second dose.

Frequently asked questions

Who is going to be vaccinated?

The Scottish Government's Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Plan aims to offer vaccinations to everyone in Scotland over the age of 18 and those aged 16 and 17 who are frontline health and social care workers, young carers or have underlying health conditions. In total, this is around 4.5 million people. This is the largest mass vaccination programme ever undertaken in Scotland.

How many doses of vaccine will I receive?

In total you will receive 2 doses of vaccine, injected into your upper arm. These doses will be administered 12 weeks apart. The first dose of vaccine should give good protection from coronavirus. The second dose should provide longer lasting protection.

Will I get instant immunity after I've had my first dose?

No. It will take a number of weeks for your body to start building up the defences it needs to fight the virus. The vaccine should reach full effect after your second dose.

How many different vaccines are there?

So far, 4 vaccines have been approved for use by the UK's independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and the Moderna vaccine are all in use in Scotland at the moment. A fourth vaccine which is single-dose, the Janssen vaccine, has been approved but is not in widespread use.

Although there have been some media reports that vaccine doses could be mixed, this is not the policy in Scotland. If you receive your first dose with one type of vaccine, you should receive the same type for your second dose.

How effective are the vaccines?

None of the vaccines provide 100% immunity against Covid-19. Even if you've been vaccinated, there is a chance you might still contract or spread coronavirus. It is important that you continue to follow all Scottish Government guidance, such as social distancing, hand washing, and wearing a face covering.

All of the vaccines do however provide a high level of protection. The Moderna vaccine, for example, has been found in clinical trials to be 94.1% effective in preventing Covid-19 infection, and in those who did become infected, the vaccine was 100% effective against severe Covid-19.

Are the vaccines safe?

All 3 of the vaccines that have been approved for use in the UK have met the strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the MHRA. The Covid-19 vaccines have gone through the exact same process as any other vaccine would, including all of the clinical trials and safety checks. Some barriers that might otherwise hold back these stages haven't been an issue, such as trial volunteers and finance. Because such a huge amount of global resource has been put into these efforts, the process has been able to move swiftly. That does not mean that any stages have been skipped, or that standards have been lowered.

Since approval, millions of people have now been given a Covid-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare.

All those under the age of 40 will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as a precautionary step due to reports of rare blood clots with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

How long will the protection provided by the vaccine last?

Exactly how long isn't known yet. Because these are new vaccines, there is no way to tell the length of time that the protection will last. It could be the case that annual boosters are required, however protection might last longer.

Should I contact my GP to arrange a vaccination?

No. Your health board will ensure that you are contacted to arrange your jab. If you think you should have been invited for a vaccination by now, you can check through the NHS Scotland appointment checker.

Will I receive a letter to invite me to be vaccinated?

Not necessarily. Some people will receive telephone calls to arrange vaccination appointments. This may happen at short notice.

Most vaccination invitations will be sent by post in very distinctive blue envelopes which are being given priority by Royal Mail. The letters will include information on how to reschedule an appointment if it is not suitable.

I know of other people who are in my age group and have already received their vaccine. Why haven't I?

Vaccine deployment is led currently by supply and may vary between areas and vaccination locations. It will take several weeks to complete the vaccination of each group but you should hopefully not have to wait much longer.

Please check the vaccine delivery schedule section above to check when you can expect to be invited.

If you think you should have received an invitation to your vaccination appointment by now, you can fill in this online form to ask NHS Scotland to investigate this for you.

Where will I be vaccinated?

The Scottish Government have arranged over 1,100 vaccination sites across Scotland. Where you will be vaccinated will depend upon your circumstances, but you should not have to travel far and your own health practitioner should be able to make arrangements best suited to clinical need.

Other resources

Roll up your sleeves

Roll up your sleeves is the official vaccination campaign in Scotland to promote awareness of the vaccination programme.


NHS Inform

Vaccine information from NHS Inform, Scotland's national health information service.


Public Health Scotland

Information on the Covid-19 vaccination programme from Public Health Scotland, the lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland’s people.


Scottish Government

Covid-19 vaccination programme information and guidance from the Scottish Government.


NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Covid-19 vaccination programme information and guidance from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

Visit the UK Government website to read more detailed information on the priority groups for vaccination from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).


Page last updated: 23-03-2022

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