**Flu 2021**

Updated 22 September 2021. 

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.


People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.


From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.


Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian - East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.


If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.


Please do not contact your GP. 


You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform



Your questions answered

Who should get a flu vaccine

Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?

These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2021 and not yet in school)
  • anyone aged 50+
  • anyone aged 6 months and over in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid and young carers
  •  social care workers who provide direct personal care
  • All secondary school children
  • teachers and pupil facing support staff
  • all prisoners and prison officers

Where can I get a flu vaccine if I’m not eligible for a free one?

You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.

Why should I get a flu vaccine?

With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine.

Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.

What do I do if I have a child at primary or high school school?

All primary and high school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform

If your child is going to miss their appointment at school, they will need to attend a 'mop up' clinic which will be set up. Please call 0131 446 4082, however this line will not be in use until early October.


What do I do if I have a child who is 2, 3, 4, or 5?

Children aged 2-5 should receive an appointment by letter from SIRS and on that letter there is a contact number if the appointment is not suitable  0131 659 2920 (Children must be age 2 or above on 1st September 2021)

The Edinburgh Vaccination Team are calling the parents of the at risk children aged 6 months and over to arrange an appointment at one of their routine clinics so you will not receive an appointment letter.


What if I have any questions?

You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at: Flu vaccination - Immunisations in Scotland | NHS inform



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