COVID-19 booster vaccine and flu vaccine
This year it was announced that those aged 50 and over will be eligible for the annual flu vaccine. It is safe to receive both the COVID and vaccines at the same time. Due to the rise of the Omicron variant, only those in the highest risk categories will continue to routinely be offered a flu jab at the same time as their COVID booster.
- People aged 65 and over;
- Healthcare and social care workers;
- Those aged 16 and over with an underlying health condition; and
- Those aged 16 and over and an unpaid carer; or household contact of an immunosuppressed person.
- Pregnant women
People aged 50 and over who are not in any of the above categories may still be able to get the flu jab free of charge at a participating community pharmacy. Please check with your local pharmacy in advance to see if this is available in your area.
If you are pregnant, speak to your midwife who can give you the flu vaccine. You can read more on our Vaccination in pregnancy page.
Find out more about the flu vaccine on NHS Inform: www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/
To see an eligibility table click here.
Which groups are currently eligible for a Covid booster?
We are currently delivering first, second and booster doses of the COVID vaccine through our network of vaccination clinics across Fife. We are also offering third doses of the Covid vaccine for those who are immunocompromised along with seasonal flu jabs for those who are eligible.
You are eligible for a Covid booster if you have received your second dose a minimum of 12 weeks previously, and meet the following criteria:-
- You are aged 16 and over;
- You are an unpaid carer;
- You are aged 12 and over and live with someone who is severely immunocompromised;
- You are a frontline health or social care worker;
- You are independent contractor within the NHS (including GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists and laboratory staff (working on coronavirus testing) and support staff.
Vaccination by cohort arrangements
Patients are reminded not to call their GP practice for updates to enable those requiring urgent assessment to be seen as quickly as possible.
Housebound patients who are yet to be offered a COVID booster and flu jab should call their GP practice to update their district nursing team. They will arrange a home vaccination visit.
Immunosuppressed or extremely clinically vulnerable patients
Immunosuppressed individuals in Fife will be eligible for a third dose of the Covid Vaccination, 8 weeks after their second dose. We are also waiting for updated JCVI and NHS Scotland Guidance on the potential of offering a fourth booster in the new year to ensure long term and sustained protection from the vaccine.
Letters have been issued to those previously identified as immunosuppressed and /or extremely clinically vulnerable.
To see an eligibility table click here.
Care home residents and staff
Our immunisation teams have visited all care homes in Fife to offer residents and staff the flu jab and coronavirus booster. If you are a care home resident and are still awaiting your vaccine, booster or flu vaccine, please call 01592 648048 to arrange for us to come to you to carry out your vaccination. If you were unable to be vaccinated at work you can book an appointment online.
Front line and social care workers
Frontline health or social care workers can book a booster dose appointment online or alternatively go to a drop in. We have created a dedicated webpage for health and social care workers, including specific FAQs for this cohort.
Please also see NHS Inform for more information
Aged 18 or over
Please note the criteria below: If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, you can get this at any time as no gap is required between Covid and flu vaccinations. However, you must note the following rules:
- If you are only eligible to get a Covid Booster vaccination you will need to wait until 12 weeks since your second Covid vaccination. If you have tested positive for Covid19 you will have to wait 28 days before attending for your booster appointment from the day that you first tested positive.
Drop in appointments
Booster drop in appointments are now available to those aged 18+
Booking an appointment is the best way to ensure that you will be seen in a timely manner. We strongly recommend booking an appointment for your Covid vaccination over a drop in.
Can I get a vaccine if I am pregnant?
Yes. Read more about the importance of getting vaccinated if you are pregnant on our vaccination in pregnancy page.
Why should I get my Covid Booster or Flu vaccination if offered this year?
Boosters for flu and COVID-19 are the best way to protect people who are the most vulnerable to serious ill-health from these conditions.
Is it too late for me to get vaccinated against Covid?
No – You can still arrange to get vaccinated as part of our open access services if you would like to get your first, second or booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
You can attend these services if you would like to get your first, second or booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine. For example you:
• only recently became a resident in Scotland
• have become newly eligible by turning 12 years of age
• didn't attend when invited earlier this year but would now like to get vaccinated
• had your first dose and have not had any further doses (e.g you may have moved address, moved countries or recently had coronavirus)
To find out more visit NHS Inform
How many people will be eligible for the vaccination during this year’s Autumn and Winter Flu and Covid-19 Programme?
Across Scotland we need to deliver roughly 7.5 million vaccines over this autumn and winter.
When can I get my Covid booster?
You cannot receive your booster until a minimum of 12 weeks since your second dose.
Will I get an appointment for my booster jab?
Only those most at risk of the effects of Covid receive a blue letter. Anyone aged 59 or under is asked to a to self appoint using the NHS Inform portal or attend a drop in clinic, after the appropriate period of time has lapsed since your last Covid-19 vaccination.
What should I do if I need to rearrange my existing appointment?
If you do need to rearrange your appointment you can do so online at NHS inform. If you do not have online access you can also call the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
What booster vaccination will I be offered?
The booster vaccine offered will be Pfizer, regardless of the vaccine you received in your two previous doses.
Where will I get my booster vaccination?
Most people will attend an appointment at one of our vaccination centres, located across Fife.
More information and useful links
COVID-19 booster leaflet - COVID-19 vaccine information for boosters in English (healthscotland.com)
Flu vaccine leaflets and alternative format of flu information are available to download at: Flu vaccine leaflets | The flu vaccine (nhsinform.scot)
If you require publications or documents in an alternative format such as large print, braille and audio versions, please contact Public Health Scotland publications - [email protected]