Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccination

The First Minister has now confirmed plans to roll out the COVID booster vaccine in Scotland and that the winter flu vaccine will be offered to those who are eligible, at the same time, wherever that is possible. The COVID booster vaccine will be offered to all adults over 50 and to younger adults with certain health conditions, that put them at higher risk.

For our community, that means all adults with Down’s syndrome, who are over 18, will be included in the first wave of booster vaccinations which get underway from 20th September 2021. You will either receive a letter from the NHS or from your GP or you may be contacted directly to be advised of an appointment.

Thereafter, from October, other eligible groups including 16 and 17-year-olds with Down’s syndrome, unpaid carers and young carers will be able to book an appointment online.

As the official advice is to allow six months to pass between the second dose and the booster vaccine, 12-15-year-olds with Down’s syndrome who have only recently been added to the vaccine programme, will not be included in the booster programme, for now. However, the Government has confirmed that all children are being offered the flu vaccine this winter so please look out for that information coming out to you. We are seeking confirmation that the flu vaccine programme, for children and young people, will be managed through schools.

Please remember, if you need any help and support, you can contact us on 0300 030 2121 and one of our Family Support Team will be able to assist you.

You can read more about the COVID Booster vaccination on the NHS Inform page here.