Covid-19 is a highly infectious virus that spreads through the air when people cough or sneeze, or when they touch surfaces where it has landed then touch their eyes, nose, and mouth. Covid-19 can cause serious illness, hospitalisation and even death.
Covid-19 vaccines are now available and vaccinations for the most at-risk groups have begun. Vaccinations are managed and delivered by NHS Grampian.
The first people to be offered the vaccine are:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- people aged 80 and over
- frontline health and social care workers.
After these priority groups have been vaccinated it will begin to be offered to other people who are at a potentially high risk.
NHS Grampian strongly recommends you get the vaccine as soon as it is offered to you.
NHS Grampian will be in touch with you to arrange your vaccination appointment when you are eligible. Covid-19 vaccinations are taking place in different ways across Scotland so it may not take place at your local GP.
It is not known whether having the vaccine stops you spreading the virus to others, so it is important that we all continue to follow the latest government advice. After you get the vaccine, it is still important to follow FACTS.
F - Face coverings in enclosed spaces. Shops, public transport or anywhere else inside that physical distancing might be more difficult.
A - Avoid all crowded places. Indoors and outdoors.
C - Clean your hands and hard surfaces regularly.
T - Two metre distancing remains the overall advice.
S - Self isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of COVID
If you’re unsure about anything, or have any questions about the Covid-19 vaccine, visit NHS Inform or call the National Vaccine Helpline on 0800 030 8013 to find out more. This helpline is available 8am–8pm 7 days a week.
You can find the latest updates on the impact of Covid-19 on our services as well as information and resources available to support you on our Covid-19 webpage.