For the latest Scottish Government updates on Covid-19 vaccines in Scotland, follow this link. And for broader information around the vaccine from NHS Inform, follow this link. You can also find some Frequently Asked Questions on Covid-19 vaccinations for health and social care professionals by following this link.
There has been a lot of different information about vaccinations. With so much information, from so many different sources, it is understandable that you may have queries about Covid-19 vaccines. Three vaccines have now been approved for use in the UK,the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Oxford-AstraZenica vaccine, and the Moderna vaccine. As such, you may be offered a different one to some of your colleagues or clients.
The vaccine will first be offered to those considered most at risk of catching Covid-19, and to those who may be the most severely effected by it. Initially, these will be care home staff and residents, those aged 80 and over (or who will be 80 by March 2021), and frontline health and social care staff. It may be the case that some of your clients or patients are offered a vaccination before you are. We would encourage all health and social care staff to take the vaccine when it is offered to them; we would also encourage you to encourage them to take it.
The vaccine you receive will be determined by which is in use at the time that you are offered one. It is not the case, for example, that the first one being offered to the most vulnerable is due to it being the strongest vaccine, or the most effective vaccine – it is simply the case that we need to ensure the most vulnerable are protected first. It is important to be aware that any vaccine you are offered will have undergone stringent testing before being considered safe for use.
We will continue to update this section as more information becomes available – a statement from the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, setting out current vaccination plans can be found here. While you await vaccination please continue to remember FACTS:
If you have Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms, you should get a test. You can find information about the most common symptoms of Covid-19 at NHS Inform – these include:
The Scottish Government are continually reviewing testing arrangements, for the most up-to-date guidance, check out their website here.
NHS Inform have also produced this really handy Self-Assessment Guide to help you determine if you require a Covid-19 test. You can also call 0800 028 2816 (open 8am – 10pm each day) for help with any questions that you have about Covid-19, including testing arrangements.
Across Scotland, there are both drive-through and walk-through testing sites, and you can find the most current list of where all of these are here. On this page you can find a really useful video guide to walk-in test centres. Taking the test may be a bit uncomfortable, our top tips are to take a bottle of water and some tissues with you.
Testing is available to anyone in Scotland who has Covid-19 symptoms. However, a level of priority is being maintained for key workers and their household. This includes all unpaid carers, and the health and social care workforce. Information on the priority levels can be found here.
Test and Protect is the public health approach being taken in Scotland to attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the community. NHS Inform have put together information and guidance on Test and Protect, which you can find on their website.
The Covid-19 protection levels in Scotland are working on a tier system, with the fewest restrictions in level 0 and the strongest restrictions in level 4. Each local authority area in Scotland has been placed into one of these levels. You can find out which level your area is in by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can use the Scottish Government’s postcode checker to find out which tier your postcode is under. Click here to find the postcode checker. Restrictions levels are reviewed weekly, so be sure to keep an eye out for any changes in your area.
As of the 5th of January, all of Scotland, with the exception of the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, and Western Isles, has been put under enhanced level 4 restrictions. Under these restrictions, we are all to stay home except for essential purposes. Guidance on what are considered ‘essential purposes’ can be found here.
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