The joint Flu and COVID-19 booster vaccination programme begins this month for all healthcare and social care workers in Fife.
Every year in Scotland people are hospitalised with flu and with the rate of COVID-19 transmission remaining high, it’s more important than ever for healthcare workers to get vaccinated.
You can spread flu and COVID-19 to patients and colleagues, even if you have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and reduce your chances of passing these viruses on to your loved ones and those in your care.
If you had your second COVID-19 vaccination dose more than 6 months ago, and you are in an eligible group for a COVID-19 booster, and you can get this at the same time as your flu jab without the need for a separate appointment.
Who is eligible to be vaccinated?
Who is being offered the flu vaccine?
All NHS healthcare workers are eligible for flu vaccination.
Social care workers and independent contractors (GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists) who regularly deliver direct personal care and treatment are eligible for flu vaccination. This includes housing support workers and personal assistants. You are eligible if you work in:
- residential care for adults
- residential care and secure care for children
- primary and community care settings and community clinics
- a person’s own home, in the community or daycare centre
COVID-19 Booster vaccine
Who is being offered the COVID-19 booster vaccine?
- Those living in residential care homes for older adults
- Frontline healthcare and social care workers
- All adults aged 50 years or over
- Adults aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19
- Adult carers (aged 16 or over)
- Household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals.
If you are a frontline healthcare or social care worker (or if you come into contact with patient samples or belongings, such as if you are a laboratory workers or a member of portering staff) and you had your second COVID-19 vaccination dose more than 6 months / 182 days ago, you can receive a third booster dose at the same time as your flu jab without the need for a separate appointment.
Book your Flu and COVID-19 vaccination booster now
The vaccine registration portal for health and social care workers is now open.
This link provides useful information on how and healthcare and social care workers can book their Flu and, if applicable, their COVID-19 booster at a place and time that is convenient for them.
We would urge staff to book an appointment in a staff vaccination clinic closest to where they work.
If you are unsure if you are in an eligible group for COVID-19 vaccination, the portal includes a simple guide.