Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

The roll-out of Covid booster vaccination is well underway, as December will already mark a year since the first Covid vaccinations in the world.

In fact, the first person in Scotland to be vaccinated for Covid was Paula McMahon, a 48-year-old nurse in Glasgow who got her first rush on December 8 last year.

Scotland began its Covid booster rollout on 20 September.

Covid booster jags ensure longer protection against getting seriously ill from coronavirus and hospitalization.

The program for free flu hunts, for those who are eligible, runs along with the booster program.

Many Scots will wonder when and how they get their booster rush. Here’s what you need to know about getting the Covid Booster.

CWMBRAN, WALES - OCTOBER 05: A patient gives up the thumbs up after receiving his vaccine booster on 5 October 2021 in Cwmbran, Wales.
The Scottish Covid booster vaccinations started a month ago

Who is eligible for the Covid booster

People are eligible for the Covid booster rush six months after their second Covid vaccination.

Residents of nursing homes were the first to be offered booster vaccinations.

At this time, people who are eligible include people who work in nursing homes and people in the highest risk groups.

Qualified groups include:

Which group is getting the booster right now?

In this file image taken on August 10, 2021, a physician places two vials of COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines (L to R): Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, on a table before administering doses at a Clalit Health Services Medical Center in the east Jerusalem.  -
Eligible groups for the Covid booster will be invited via letters in the mail

On 25 October, the Scottish Government announced that people aged 60 to 69 and adults aged 16 and over with underlying health conditions had been invited for influenza and Covid-19 booster vaccinations by post.

Appointments for this group will take place at a local local clinic and will run from late October and throughout November.

How do I get invited to the Covid Booster?

Invitations are sent by mail.

NHS Inform Scotland says: “You will soon be able to book an appointment through the online portal. Letters will then be issued to anyone in these groups who has not booked an appointment.”

Persons aged 70 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable were contacted per. letter or by their GP.

What vaccine do I get?

Those who receive boosters will be offered a booster dose of either Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna.

AstraZeneca can be given as a booster dose if you have medical reasons that mean you cannot get Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna.

Is the booster effective?

Pfizer published results last week showing that the Pfizer booster is 95.6% effective against disease, even though the Delta variant was circulating.

The trial was the first randomized and controlled Covid booster trial.

Participants received a booster from Pfizer after previously receiving two doses.


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