Covid vaccines rollout
The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines are being prioritised, starting with those whose lives are most at risk from the virus. Prioritisation is guided by the expert independent Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI), to make sure those most at risk are vaccinated first.
Currently COVID-19 vaccinations are taking place in care homes and across Scotland for key patient-facing health and social care workers. NHS staff will be working as quickly as they can to roll the COVID-19 vaccine out, and the pace that they can deliver this entirely depends on how many vaccines are approved by healthcare regulators, and how quickly the vaccines can be supplied by manufacturers. The NHS urge those eligible in this first wave to take-up the COVID-19 vaccine and for others to please be patient as the available vaccine stocks are delivered to priority groups.
Helpline: National Covid Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 - Available 8am – 8pm 7 days a week
COVID-19 vaccine leaflets in translated and accessible formats are available on our Accessible Infomation page.
Covid-19 vaccine background
Vaccines have saved more lives than any other medicines, and the new Covid-19 vaccine will ensure that we can now protect the most vulnerable and through time help us all get back to normal.
Over the coming weeks and months a number of Covid-19 vaccines will be made available to priority groups across Fife in phased approach, ensuring those at greatest risk from the virus are vaccinated first.
The first vaccine to be offered in Fife is the Pfizer/Biotech vaccine, this has been approved by the UK Medicines Regulatory Authority and will be used to vaccinate NHS Fife frontline workers – those giving the vaccine, working with Covid patients in ICU and A&E staff. Fife HSCP frontline staff and those working in care homes and care home residents.
The programme will then follow the independent advice received from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which recommends prioritising those with the greatest clinical need - including those aged over 80, and health and social care workers.
It will be sometime until the vaccine is available to the wider community, so it is vital that we do not become complacent and continue to adhere to local lockdown restrictions and follow the FACTS
NHS Inform has created a useful online resource about the Covid-19 vaccine:
This site includes information on;
- Who will be offered the vaccine
- When and where the vaccine will be offered
This site also includes a range of Covid-19 vaccine leaflets about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
These leaflets will also be available soon in different languages and formats to download
Heath and Social Care workers
A leaflet about the coronavirus vaccination programme for frontline healthcare workers.
Social care workers
A leaflet about the coronavirus vaccination programme for frontline social care workers.
What to expect
A leaflet explaining what to expect after your coronavirus vaccination.
Pregnant Women and women of child bearing age
The vaccine has not yet been assessed in pregnancy, for more coronavirus vaccine advice if you're pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding
Children and Young People
It is important to note that children and young people (under 18’s) are currently not eligible for the vaccine.
Plan setting out how the Scottish Government will roll out vaccinations in Scotland to vaccinate 4.5 million people.
Data on vaccinations in Scotland
The Public Health Scotland weekly COVID-19 Statistical report has not been updated to include additional data on vaccinations in Scotland. Specifically, the report will include data on; the numbers of people who have had their first and the numbers of people who have their second dose of the vaccine.
The data for the numbers of people who have had the first dose of the vaccine will be broken down by; age group, NHS Board, sex, and eligibility criteria (whether the person receiving the vaccine was a Healthcare worker, a member of staff in a care home, a resident in a care home, social care worker).
This data will be updated every week and will be published within the Statistical report on a Wednesday at noon, on the Public Health Scotland website.