More people in Scotland to be eligible for free flu vaccination

18 August 2020

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The Scottish Government has announced that the flu vaccine programme will be expanded this year, in order to protect those most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social care workers, people over 55 years of age, and household members of those who are shielding, will all be eligible for the free seasonal flu vaccine.  The Scottish Government will look to extend the programme to those aged 50 to 54 years, if vaccine supplies allow.

NHSScotland health boards will be delivering the expansion of the vaccination programme in a phased approach, which allows vaccination for different groups to begin as soon as supplies of the vaccine becomes available, whilst prioritising those most at risk. The first phase will begin in October and will include those who are already eligible, household members of those shielding, and front-line social care workers.  The second phase is planned to begin in December, and will incorporate those aged from 55 to 64 years.

Source: Scottish Government, 7 August 2020