We have received an update from Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer that has advised us to prioritise the delivery of vaccination against COVID-19 over seasonal flu.
National flu surveillance indicates that overall levels of seasonal flu remain very low and, therefore, the risks associated with flu are considerably lower than in previous years. Equally, given we have prioritised the flu vaccine to those in the highest clinical risk, even with this low level of prevalence, those in greatest need have already received protection. COVID-19 remains far more prevalent than seasonal flu and the new variant poses a further risk to public health, given its increased transmissibility.
Given there is sufficient flu vaccine stock available, we will continue to continue vaccinate the most at-risk groups not yet provided with protection (including pregnant women) on an opportunistic basis. For the most up to date information on the campaign please visit NHS Inform.