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COVID-19 booster and flu vaccination programme
Created: 25/10/2021, Updated: 28/10/2021
The COVID-19 booster programme in Fife began in September and will continue throughout the winter period.
COVID-19 booster and flu vaccination is a joint campaign, and most people will be able to access both vaccines at the same appointment, where appropriate. This follows guidance from the JCVI around the safety of co-administered vaccination.
Like the initial roll out, access to both booster and flu vaccination is being prioritised according to JCVI guidance – beginning with the most vulnerable.
For the COVID-19 booster, those who have not had their first or second doses of protection eight weeks apart should follow this path before they are eligible. Only those who have waited over six months since their second dose will be eligible for a booster.
Flu vaccination will be offered at the same appointment as a booster – where appropriate. These appointments are currently invite only, and not accessible via drop-in clinics.
What vaccine will be administered for the booster?
Most people in Fife will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
This means that booster doses may differ from the vaccine used for someone’s first and second dose. Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
When will people be vaccinated, where, and how will they be invited?
This table provides the latest information on who is being vaccinated, when and where this will be, and how they will be invited.
Health and Social Care Workers:
The joint Flu and COVID-19 booster vaccination programme is well underway for all healthcare and social care workers in Fife, and you can book your appointment now!
Frontline healthcare staff and social care workers aged 16 years and over are also eligible for the Covid-19 booster vaccination and this can be given at the same appointment. The booster dose can be offered any time at least six months (24 weeks) after your second dose.
You can book online and get an appointment at a time and in a place that suits you by visiting the vaccination portal.
The online portal will allow you to check your eligibility and book an appointment immediately. If you are unsure if you are in an eligible group for COVID-19 vaccination, the portal includes a simple guide to help you. You should use the portal even if it is just the flu vaccine you need to book. Clinic dates are currently available to November with further dates due to be added shortly. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep you and those you care for safe.
In addition to booster vaccination, NHS Fife has also commenced the rollout of third Covid-19 vaccines to those aged 16 and over who are on the highest risk list (previously known as the shielding list). Other eligible groups - including all those aged 16 to 49 years with certain underlying health conditions, adult carers, unpaid and young carers, adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals and all adults over 50 - will be able to book an appointment via online portal from late October. After a period of online booking, appointment letters will be sent to anyone in these groups who has not self-booked.
For more information on the local flu and covid vaccine campaign, including a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.