The Scottish Government has announced that a further booster vaccination will be offered to those at the highest risk of severe COVID-19 disease from September, in line with other nations in the UK.
Following final advice on the autumn/winter booster programme from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the following groups will be offered an additional dose in a community clinic:
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
Where possible, these boosters will be given at the same time as the flu vaccination to those who are eligible.
As with previous campaigns, vaccinations will be offered first to frontline health and social care workers and those who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus. Letters will be sent out to the first eligible groups next month with appointments beginning in September.
Discussions on the details of the delivery timetable are underway with health board partners and more information will be made available in due course. However in the meantime, those eligible for a booster need not do anything.