These web pages are intended for partners and stakeholders within the NHS, local government and the third sector.

The pages may help them to support their communities to access accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

These resources help the workforce to:

  • be fully informed about COVID-19 vaccination
  • support vaccine confidence and equity
  • be an aid to conversation about the vaccine

This information will be updated regularly.

NHS Inform provides information for the public on COVID-19 vaccinations (external website).

TURAS provides educational resources and information to support COVID-19 vaccinators (external website)

We also provide information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme about vaccine surveillance, vaccine delivery and workforce and vaccine programme evaluation.

COVID-19 Vaccine programme

COVID-19 is a highly infectious respiratory infection, first identified in late 2019.

It can spread quickly and cause serious illness, hospitalisation and death. However, a significant proportion of infections are asymptomatic. 

COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and vaccinations have now begun. COVID-19 vaccinations started in the UK on 8 December 2020.

COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone living in Scotland.

For most people, the COVID-19 vaccine will be given in 2 doses.

COVID-19 vaccination offers good protection within three to four weeks of the first dose.

The Scottish Government has outlined Scotland's autumn/winter vaccination strategy for seasonal flu and COVID-19.

View Scotland's autumn/winter vaccination strategy for seasonal flu and COVID-19 (external website).

Last updated: 14 October 2021