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.
Those who have already been invited or are currently being invited to be vaccinated are:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- front line health and social care workers
- clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- everyone aged 65 and over
- those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- unpaid carers aged 16 to 64 (Listen to Dr Nicola Steedman and Dr. Punam Krishan discuss vaccination for unpaid carers. Available in English, Romanian, Cantonese, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Polish, Punjabi)
The next group of people to be invited for their coronavirus vaccination are those aged 40 - 49. NHS Scotland is aiming for everyone aged 18 to 49 to have their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine by the end of July, depending on supply. Read further information about JCVI advice on priority groups for the coronavirus vaccination on GOV.UK.
As per the Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework update on 23 February, it aims for all JCVI Priority Groups 1-9 having been offered at least their first vaccination by 26 April 2021.
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. Further information can also be found at NHS Grampian Covid-19 Vaccinations.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for frequently asked questions about the vaccine, for frequently asked questions about P&J Live please visit NHS Grampian Covid-19 Vaccinations: P&J Live Frequently Asked Questions.