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Winter vaccinations (flu & Covid boosters)



Who will give me my vaccinations?
As per last year, various NHS Lothian teams are responsible for delivering winter vaccines to Riverside patients, and patients at all other GP Practices. We’d be grateful if you could please use the contact numbers below if you have any queries about flu or Covid booster vaccines rather than calling the Practice – thank you!

When will I get my vaccinations?

People aged 65 years and over are due to receive a letter, email or text (depending on how they’ve asked to be contacted) from NHS Scotland inviting them for their winter vaccinations.

Winter vaccinations for over 65s will begin on 19 September 2022 and you should receive your invite no later than 13 September.

Appointments for all other groups will be made available as the programme progresses – people in those groups should wait until they are contacted or called forward.

Where you’re eligible for both vaccines, these will be delivered together where possible.

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 winter booster?

  • care home residents (older adults)
  • frontline health and social care workers (see Appendix A)
  • all adults aged 50 years and over
  • those aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group, including those who are pregnant
  • those aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • carers aged 16 to 49 years

Who is eligible for this year’s flu vaccination?

  • pregnant women
  • those aged 6 months and over in clinical risk groups
  • all children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022
  • all primary and secondary school aged children
  • those aged 50 and over (including those who turn 50 by 31 March 2023)
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline staff employed by the some types of social care providers

Where will I get my vaccination?

Vaccinations are being delivered at vaccination clinics across Lothian.

If you receive an invite to an appointment at a time or location which is inconvenient for you, you can rearrange this via the online booking portal or by calling the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

Who should I call if I don’t get a letter or can’t attend my scheduled appointment?

If you need any assistance, you can call the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013. More information is also available online at

Where can I find the latest information?

You can download this booklet for more information about the vaccines and what they protect you against.

NHS Inform

NHS Lothian

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