Testing for Coronavirus

Vaccination Program

Priority Group

Risk group


Residents in a care home for older adults
Staff working in care homes for older adults


All those 80 years of age and over
Frontline Health and social care workers


All those 75 years of age and over


All those 70 years of age and over
Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)


All those 65 years of age and over


Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group, including adult carers.
See table three of the Greenbook for further information on those who will be included in group 6.


All those 60 years of age and over


All those 55 years of age and over


All those 50 years of age and over

The JCVI group 6 also specifies vaccination for adults who are deemed carers. Please note that we are using the definition for an unpaid carer as set out in the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. This will capture all unpaid carers set out in the JCVI definition (those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable)

If you have a general query about the COVID-19 vaccine, please look on the NHS Inform website or use the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Vaccine rollout to the general public, based on age and underlying health conditions, and will depend on vaccine supply.

Please avoid calling with any general queries about the COVID-19 vaccine as we are unable to give you any more information at this stage and we need to try and keep phone-lines open for people who are unwell and needing medical care. Many thanks for your ongoing patience and cooperation.


For those of you who are living in or have children attending school, college or childcare in an area at level 4, we are asking you and everyone in your area to follow the Level 4 rules carefully. The general guidance for everyone in a Level 4 area can be found at

You can also call the free National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

We also have extra advice for people who are on the shielding list because they are at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus. This is set out in the table with this letter, and is also available online at

For updates on Covid Vaccines please refer to NHS Inform


If you need advice or support

Testing for Coronavirus

Isolation note for work or benefits

Common symptoms of Coronavirus

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Cancer Research UK call 0808 800 4040 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)

Macmillan Cancer Support call 0808 808 00 00 (every day, 9am - 5pm)

The NHS Inform Scotland website has up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions.

For all other patients

  • Advice
  • Isolation note
  • Mild symptoms

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