Following final advice on the Autumn booster programme from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), in July, the following groups will be offered an additional booster in the Autumn:
- residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- frontline health and social care workers
- all adults aged 50 years and over
- those aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group, including pregnant women
- those aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
- carers aged 16-49 years
If you are not in any of the groups identified in the JCVI advice you are not eligible for an Autumn COVID-19 booster at this time.
The Scottish Government and NHS Scotland will consider how best to operationalise the JCVI’s advice as effectively as possible and more information around the arrangements in Fife will follow in due course.
Covid Booster and Flu Vaccination
Where possible, the Autumn COVID-19 booster will be given at the same time as the flu vaccination to those who are eligible.
The evidence shows that administration of both vaccines together is a safe and efficient way to deliver maximum protection over winter months.
Why should I get boosted if I am eligible in the autumn?
Throughout the pandemic, evidence has clearly shown that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected those in older age groups, residents in care homes for older adults, and those who are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease.
The primary objective of the Autumn booster programme this year will be to increase protection against severe COVID-19 disease for those at higher risk.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme has always offered vaccinations in the safest and most effective way possible.