Covid autumn booster jab in Edinburgh 2022: Who is eligible, nearest vaccination centres

Here’s how to get your Covid-19 vaccination in Edinburgh as autumn booster jab launched nationwide.

A further booster vaccination has been rolled out throughout Scotland from September 5, with those in high-risk groups urged to get the jab to protect themselves against Covid-19.

As with previous campaigns, vaccinations will be offered first to frontline health and social care workers and those who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus.

Appointments were made available in August, and many people have already received their letters.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “The vaccination programme in Scotland continues to be a huge success and this is testament to the efforts of everyone involved in its delivery and all those who took up their appointment offers.

“Vaccination has been our most effective tool against coronavirus. However, the degree of protection offered wanes over time.

Vaccinations will be offered first to frontline health and social care workers and those who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus. (Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

“We know that those in high-priority groups are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and I therefore welcome this latest advice from the JCVI and can confirm that boosters will be offered to all those in eligible groups.

“The additional booster dose will improve your level of protection significantly and is the best way to protect yourself, your family and of course the NHS when we head into the busy winter months.”

So, who is eligible for the autumn booster and where can you get one in Edinburgh?

Here is everything you need to know about the booster coronavirus jab.

Do I need an appointment for my Covid booster?

You will be contacted by the NHS when you are due an autumn booster. However, you can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online for your autumn booster if you are eligible.

If you think you are eligible for the vaccination but have not received your letter, and it has been six months since your last booster or if you have any other enquiries, please contact the national helpline on 0800 030 801.

Who is eligible for an autumn booster jab?

Those who are eligible for an autumn booster jab will receive a letter through the post that will contain full details of their appointment.

If the appointment is not suitable, details for rescheduling will also be available on the letter.

At the moment the criteria that is being applied to determine those eligible for the booster are:

  • residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults 
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all adults aged 50 years and over
  • those aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group, including pregnant women  
  • those aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • carers aged 16-49 years

Discussions on the details of the delivery timetable are underway with health board partners and more information will be made available in due course.

However in the meantime, those eligible for a booster need not do anything.

More information on why certain individuals are being offered a second booster vaccine can be found on the official NHS Scotland website.

How many doses of Covid vaccine do I need?

At the moment, most people have been asked to get the two primary doses as well as a booster.

However, an additional booster is being offered to those who are vulnerable to help improve their protection against the virus.

Where possible, these boosters will be given at the same time as the flu vaccination to those who are eligible.

Where are the nearest Covid vaccination centres in Edinburgh?

Walk-in appointments are currently not offered on these sites as all appointments have to be booked via the national booking system.

For more information, please visit Edinburgh Health and Social Care Parnership vaccination website.

  • Waverley Mall

Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm

  • Gyle shopping centre

Monday to Sunday, 9am to 7pm

  • Ocean Terminal shopping centre

Monday to Sunday, 9am to 7pm