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Winter vaccinations

Flu and COVID vaccinations for Winter 2023 are now being delivered by the NHS Grampian vaccination team.

Vaccination will be offered to those eligible between September and December. It’s strongly recommended you get vaccinated if you’re eligible this winter. Invitations for eligible people started to be sent in late August. You may receive your invitation at a different time than in previous years.

Your level of protection against COVID-19 may fade over time, and the flu vaccine has to be given every year.

The postal invites will arrive in white envelopes with clear NHS Scotland branding. People with a digital preference will receive their vaccine appointment or prompt by text and/or email.

Please do not try to make an appointment until you’ve been invited by NHS Scotland.

GP practices are no longer responsible for vaccinations. Please see the links below or contact the national contact centre on 0800 030 8013 if you have queries. The Practices are not able to help you with your appointments for vaccinations.

NHS Grampian Vaccinations Website

NHS Inform Winter Vaccinations (contains details about eligibility)

Public Health Scotland Winter Vaccinations Information Leaflet (PDF)

Eligibility summary

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises the following groups be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine this autumn:

  • residents in a care home for older adults
  • all adults aged 65 years and over
  • persons aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as laid out in the Immunisation Green Book, COVID-19 chapter (Green Book)
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • persons aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts (as defined in the Green Book) of people with immunosuppression
  • persons aged 16 to 64 years who are carers (as defined in the Green Book) and staff working in care homes for older adults

The following groups will be eligible for a flu vaccine from 1 September 2023:

  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (as defined by the Green Book, chapter 19 (Influenza))
  • pregnant women
  • all children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
  • primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 6)
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline workers in a social care setting without an employer-led occupational health scheme including those working for a registered residential care or nursing home, registered domiciliary care providers, voluntary managed hospice providers and those that are employed by those who receive direct payments (personal budgets) or Personal Health budgets, such as Personal Assistants