Make an appointment at a vaccination clinic

Staying healthy, safe and cared for is more important now than ever before. Protecting yourself from flu this winter is one way to do this. And it’s quick, safe and easy.

In Edinburgh this year, if you are eligible for a flu jab, you will receive a letter. The letter will either give you an appointment, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.

Over 50s, pregnant people, unpaid carers and those at risk due to existing health conditions will be offered a flu jab. You may also qualify for a flu jab because of the job that you do.

To check if you are eligible for a flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu.

You may also be eligible for a COVID-19 booster jab this winter. If you are, you may be given both you flu and COVID jabs at the same appointment. However, this will not always be possible, and you may have to attend two separate appointments. To find out more about the COVID boosters, visit NHS Inform

Keeping people safe and healthy is a priority, so before the jab is administered, a nurse will ask some questions to make sure it is safe to administer the vaccine. You will also be asked to sit for a short period after you have had your jab, to make sure that you are not experiencing any side effects.

Please do not go to your appointment if you are feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, have recently tested positive for coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of coronavirus.

If you are unable to attend your appointment, you can rearrange your appointment online, or call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.

To find out more about flu jabs for children, visit the NHS Lothian website

Issues with flu vaccine appointment scheduling

We are aware of an issue with the scheduling of some Flu appointments via the national booking system. Judith Proctor, Chief Officer of the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, said:

We are aware of an issue with the scheduling of some Flu appointments via the national booking system. This has resulted in some people’s appointments not being as local as we had expected. We know how concerning this is for people who cannot travel and I am very sorry for the worry this is causing those that have received appointment letters already.

“We understand NHS National Services Scotland, who run the booking system, are investigating how the issue has arisen and additional booking slots are being created to enable people to attend a more local appointment.

“For those that cannot leave their home, they will be contacted over the next few weeks to arrange a visit at their house, if anyone needs to make enquires they should also contact the Lothian helpline.”

If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment for a more local venue by going online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/rearrange-your-flu-vaccine-appointment

Alternatively you can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.