COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATION
Like some other vaccines, levels of protection may begin to reduce over time. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine booster dose will help extend the protection you gained from your first two doses and give you longer term protection.
The booster dose can be offered any time at least 6 months after your second dose and will help reduce the risk of you needing to go to hospital due to coronavirus this winter.
If you're eligible, your flu and coronavirus booster vaccines will be given at the same time, one in each arm.
Who is eligible for the booster dose?
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends that the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine is offered to:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- frontline health 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 coronavirus
- adult carers (aged 16 or over)
- household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals
You will be offered a booster dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. AstraZeneca may be given as your booster dose if you have medical reasons that mean you cannot have Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna.
Before getting the booster dose
If you have not had either your first or second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, you should arrange to have them.
Register for your coronavirus vaccine
You will still need the booster dose but the timing of it will depend on when you had your first two doses.
How you will be invited for vaccination
NHS Scotland are following the JCVI advice and offering a booster dose to those most at risk first.
Residents in care homes and care home staff
Your local health board is making arrangements with your care home to give you your flu and coronavirus booster vaccine at the same time.
You will be vaccinated in your care home setting.
If you are a member of staff working in a care home for older adults, you will likely be offered both vaccinations on site. You will be able to book an appointment online from 21 September 2021 if you were unable to be vaccinated on site.
Those aged 70 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable
If you are aged 70 or over or if you were previously on the shielding list and are aged 16 or over, you will receive a vaccine invitation.
You will receive an invitation letter offering you an appointment to receive both a coronavirus booster and flu vaccination.
Other eligible groups
You are eligible for both a flu vaccine and a coronavirus booster if you are:
- an adult aged 50 and over
- an adult carer, unpaid carer or a young carer aged 16 years or over
- aged 16 and over and a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed
A Covid-19 booster vaccination can be offered no sooner than six months after the second dose so appointment timing will take this into consideration and will influence when you are invited for your booster vaccination.
People who are Immunosupressed Third Dose (not booster)
The JCVI has recommended that individuals who are severely immunosuppressed aged 12 and over have a third Covid-19 vaccination.
This is because people who have a weakened immune system may not have had a full response to the vaccine and are therefore less protected than the wider population.
This includes some people who have received organ transplants, people with cancer and people with HIV
There must be at least eight weeks between the second and third dose of vaccine.
Those who fall into this group will be contacted by the board and offered an appointment at the earliest available opportunity.
Young People Ages 12-15 years
People aged between 12-15 years old will receive an invitation to attend for their Covid-19 vaccination based on the recommendations of the four UK Chief Medical Officers.
The decision to offer vaccination to 12-15 year olds takes account of a number of public health considerations including the ability for children to do extra-curricular activities such as social events and reduce the risk of further educational disruption.
All young people will receive a letter inviting them for vaccination.
Health Boards expect to begin to invite young people for appointments from the 4th October 2021. However, individuals are able to attend drop-in clinics across NHSGGC from the 22nd September. Only one dose will be offered at this point.
The JCVI will continue to monitor emerging evidence with regard to a second dose.
More information is available in the link below.
DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY:
- If you suspect or may have Coronavirus
- e.g. you have a Fever or New Onset Continuous Cough or Loss of taste/smell
DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY:
- Unless you have been advised by a member of staff to attend
If it has been arranged for you to attend the surgery please wear a face covering and please use the doorbell to let reception know you have arrived.
For advice on Coronavirus Covid-19:
Symptoms of a COVID-19 infection
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater).
A new continuous cough is where you:
- have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
- have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
- are coughing more than usual
A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.
Loss of taste/smell
Some people will have more serious symptoms, including pneumonia or difficulty breathing, which might require Admission to hospital.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
If you’ve developed possoble Covid-19 symptoms please follow national advice on self isolating even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.
Phone 111 if your symptoms:
- have not improved after 7 days
- are severe or you have shortness of breath
- worsen during home isolation
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Testing for COVID-19
Please follow the advice on NHS Inform to arrange testing (only if you are symptomatic)
How to avoid catching COVID-19
You can reduce your risk of getting and spreading the infection by:
- avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
- maintaining good hand hygiene
- avoiding direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoiding using their personal items such as their mobile phone
- covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use
- wash hands regularly