The Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in the UK and the NHS in Scotland has started administering the vaccine to priority groups. The aim is for every adult in Scotland to be offered the vaccine and this will take place as soon as the supplies of vaccine are available and in order of priority groups. The first groups to be vaccinated will be staff and residents in care homes, frontline health and social care staff and people over the age of 80 years. People will receive a letter inviting them to arrange their vaccination as the vaccine becomes available for their group (or via an invitation from their workplaces if they are health or social care staff).
If you are working within a community initiative and receive queries about accessing the vaccine or people want to know more about it, the best place to keep up-to-date is NHS Inform. The NHS Inform website has a range of leaflets about the vaccine and these will soon include information in easy read, audio and British Sign Language formats as well as 17 languages.
It is not known whether having the vaccine stops you spreading the virus to others so it’s important that we all continue to follow the latest government advice including FACTS.