Covid booster jab walk in centres Edinburgh: where to get third vaccine near me - without booking an appointment

There’s no guarantee of getting a booster jab without an appointment, but you might be able to get your third dose from one of these drop-in clinics.

Thursday, 13th January 2022, 6:08 pm

Both First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have urged the public to get their booster jabs in the face of rising cases of the Omicron Covid variant.

72.9% of the Scottish population is currently fully vaccinated and the goal is to offer all adults their third dose before the end of January 2022.

However, if you haven’t been offered an appointment by letter yet, you may be able to get your booster jab by going to a walk in centre in Edinburgh, although it’s not guaranteed.

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NHS Lothian urges adults over the age of 18 to book their booster jab via the online portal wherever possible, rather than rely on walk in centres and to avoid queues.

It’s important to note that, due to the surge in demand for booster jabs, even those clinics listed below may not be able to offer you your third dose without an appointment, depending on how busy it is and how many doses are available.

You may also need to queue for your vaccine if the centre is particularly busy.

Here is all you need to know about whether you’re eligible for a booster jab and where you can find walk in centres near you in Edinburgh.

Walk in centres are offering booster jabs on a first come, first served basis. Photo: richard johnson / Getty Images / Canva Pro.

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Who is eligible for a booster jab in Scotland?

The Scottish Government announced on Monday December 13th that those aged between 30 and 39 years old will also be able to book their booster jab appointment from 10am today.

This means, so long as it has been at least 12 weeks since the second dose, anyone over the age of 30 can book their booster jab.

From December 15th, 18 to 29-year-olds were also able to book their booster jabs.

This is in line with government goals to offer every adult a vaccine before the end of January 2022.

In addition, anyone who is eligible for the flu jab may receive the Covid booster at the same time.

Most people will be offered either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

AstraZeneca may be given as a booster but only to those who cannot have Pfizer or Moderna jabs for medical reasons.

Covid booster jab walk in centres in Edinburgh

If you are eligible for the Covid booster jab but have not yet been offered an appointment via letter or booked one yourself and are aged over 40 years old, you may be able to get your third dose by heading to a walk in centre in Edinburgh.

There is no guarantee that you will be able to get your booster from the clinic, as doses are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you do get a booster jab from a walk-in, but have an appointment booked, be sure to cancel your appointment to free up spaces for those who need one.

You do not need to be registered with a GP in order to go.

Here is a full list of all the drop-in clinics in Edinburgh, according to NHS Lothian.

Note that the clinics have different opening times and some are only open on certain days of the week, so make sure to check in advance before going to avoid disappointment.

- Edinburgh International Conference Centre, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, open every day from 9am until 5pm.

- Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Newbridge EH28 8NB, open every day from 9.30am until 6.30pm.

- Leith Community Treatment Centre, 12 Junction Place, Edinburgh EH6 5JQ, open every day from 9.30am to 11.30am and 1pm to 6pm, with the last drop-in at 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

- Pennywell All Care Centre, 1 Macmillan Crescent, Edinburgh EH4 4WL, open every day from 9.30am to 11.30am and 1pm to 3pm.

- Sighthill Health Centre, 380 Calder Road, Edinburgh EH11 4AU, open every day from 9.30am to 11.30am and 1pm to 3pm.

- Lowland Hall, Royal Vaccination Centre, Ingleston, Newbridge EH28 8NB, open every day from 9.30am to 6.30pm.

- Ocean Terminal (first floor), open every day apart from bank holidays from midday to 6.30pm.

- Midlothian Community Hospital, 70 Eskbank Rd, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith EH22 3ND, open every day from 9am to 7pm.

- Gorebridge Vaccination Centre, Hunterfield Road, EH23 4TX, open every day from 8am to 6.30pm.

- Pyramids Business Park, Easter Inch Steadings, Bathgate EH48 2EH, open every day from 8am to 7pm.