Priority groups eligible for the jab and how the reservation works

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Booster jabs are being offered as part of the UK’s efforts to prevent a winter peak in coronavirus cases.

In Scotland some have already been distributed and the booking portal is expected to open to more people.

Here’s all you need to know.

Who will get a booster shot?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recommends that the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine be offered to:

  • Those who live in nursing homes for the elderly
  • Front-line health and social service workers
  • All adults 50 years of age or older
  • Adults 16 to 49 years of age with an underlying medical condition
    conditions that put them at a higher risk for severe coronavirus
  • Adult guides (from 16 years old)
  • Household contacts (aged 16 years or older) of immunocompromised people

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What vaccine will people get?

All third doses will use an mRNA vaccine – Pfizer or Moderna – which will be given as a half dose, after proof that a full dose is not necessary for full protection.

This also applies to people who have received the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine for their first two vaccines, which means that a “mix and match” approach will be used.

There is more scientific evidence available on the long-term effectiveness of mRNA injections, which have been most widely used in the EU and US, than the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine which has accounted for the bulk of the initial deployment to UK.

Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: ‘I want to thank all the Scots who have stepped forward so far for their Covid-19 vaccination and of course all who have been involved in the implementation from the program. It is because of their hard work and dedication that more than eight million Covid-19 vaccines – both the first and second dose – have now been administered in Scotland.

“In response to advice from JCVI, we are now advancing Scotland’s recall program. This will give anyone over the age of 50 or at increased risk additional protection.

“I urge anyone who is eligible and not yet vaccinated to make an appointment or go to a walk-in clinic – check NHS Inform or your local council website and social media for details on how and where to get the vaccine in your area. Likewise, this year more than ever, getting a flu shot is important if you are eligible for maximum protection this fall and winter. “

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How can I reserve my booster?

NHS Scotland is following JCVI’s advice and first offering a booster dose to those most at risk.

Two groups have already offered their Covid jab booster:

  • Front-line health and social service workers
  • Residents of retirement homes

Frontline health and social workers should use the NHS information website to book.

Residents of nursing homes will receive theirs along with their flu shot over the next few weeks.

If you are part of the staff working in a nursing home, you will probably be offered both vaccines on site. You have the possibility to make an appointment online if you have not been able to be vaccinated on the spot.

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Now, booster shots are offered to adults 70 years of age and older and those on the highest risk list.

They will be invited by mail or can be contacted by their general practitioner offering an appointment to receive both a reminder against the coronavirus and a flu vaccination.

Other eligible groups will be able to book online at the end of October.

Letters will then be sent to anyone in these groups who has not made an appointment.

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