COVID-19 Vaccination

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is already underway in Scotland. People with Down’s syndrome (16+) as well as carers are being prioritised for the vaccine.

Below you will find some more information from Public Health Scotland about the process of being invited to get your Covid-19 vaccine.

Information for Carers

Adult carers are defined in the guidance as those who are in receipt of carer’s allowance or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. National Carers Organisation have produced a sheet of frequently asked questions outlining the current position around unpaid and family carers receiving the COVID-19 vaccine – you can access this here.

Who is invited? 

NHS Scotland is following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice and vaccinating those most at risk first, and those who work closest with them.

At present, NHS Health Boards are working towards inviting the following groups for vaccination:

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. All those 65 years of age and over

The remaining JCVI groups will be called in due course.

From 1st Febuary,  people aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable – including over-16s on the shielding list – will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines in a range of settings, including GP surgeries, community centres and mass vaccination centres (e.g. the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Aberdeen’s P&J LIVE at TECA and the Louisa Jordan in Glasgow). There are around 1100 vaccination sites now being used across Scotland.

How people are invited?

There are different approaches in use – some people will be invited by phone and others by letter:

  • If people are invited by phone, appointment date, time and location will be discussed and agreed over the phone.
  • If people receive a letter, it will contain the date, time and location of the appointment and a leaflet providing important information about the COVID-19 vaccine.  If the appointment time or venue is unsuitable, people can call the number on their letter to rearrange their appointment. In due course, invitations letters will also give details of how people can book or change their appointment online (web address, username and instructions to do this will be provided in the letter).

Letters started going out at the beginning of February in Lothian, Grampian and Greater Glasgow and Clyde to those aged between 65 and 69.

An SMS was sent out on the 4th of February to around 65,000 Clinically Extremely Vulnerable individuals (those shielding aged 16-65) from It advised the group to contact the Covid-19 vaccination helpline (0800 030 8013) if they have been advised to shield and need transport support to attend their vaccination appointment. Helpline operators have been given details of each local authority transport arrangements and will transfer people to the National Assistance helpline who provide details of local transport e.g. local taxi.

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine

You can find out more about the COVID-19 Vaccine at the NHS Inform website. This page includes information about the vaccine itself, as well as links to your own NHS Health Board and how to rearrange your appointment. You can also call COVID-19 vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am to 8pm, 7 days per week).

The invitation letter will include an information leaflet about the vaccine. If you would like this leaflet in another language or format, these are also available to download from the NHS inform COVID-19 vaccine website (17 community languages including British Sign Language, as well as Audio, Easy Read and Large Print formats).


If you have any questions or concerns give our Family Support team a call on our helpline 0300 030 2121.

Update: 25th February 

The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer have acknowledged the difficulties that people with learning disabilities may have accessing the vaccine programme and have written to the Chief Executives of each NHS Board and Health and Social Care Partnerships offering the expertise of local learning disability nurses in providing reasonable adjustments for the COVID-19 Immunisation programme. You can view this letter here.

Below you can find the Health Inequalities Impact Assessment for the Vaccination programme, as well as some easy read resources about preparing to get the vaccine.

File name Type Size Download
Download Health Inequalities Impact Assessment report PDF 1.0MB Download
Books Beyonds Words - Having a Vaccine for Coronavirus PDF 3.2MB Download
Easy Read - What you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine PDF 6.9MB Download
Easy Read - Coronavirus Vaccine - DSA PDF 1.3MB Download