Covid booster vaccines to be offered to all adults over the age of 50 

The booster programme will also be offered to frontline health and social care workers.

Covid-19 booster vaccines to be offered to all adults in Scotland over the age of 50  iStock

A further Covid-19 booster vaccination will be offered to those at highest risk from September.

It includes all adults who are aged 50 years and over, as well as frontline health and social care workers.

The Scottish Government made the announcement on Friday, following similar steps being taken in the rest of the UK.

It comes after official statistics indicated that Covid-19 rates across Scotland have increased slightly for the sixth week in a row.

An estimated one in 16 people are now thought to have the virus, up from one in 17 the previous week, the highest rate in the country since April.

Final advice was issued on the Covid-19 booster programme over the autumn and winter period by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

As well as over-50s and frontline health and social care staff, a number of other groups will also be offered an additional dose in community clinics.

They include residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults, those aged five to 49 who are in a clinical risk group including pregnant women, those aged five to 49 who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression, and carers aged between 16 and 49.

Where possible, boosters will be given at the same time as the flu vaccination to those who are eligible, the Scottish Government confirmed.

Vaccinations will be offered first to frontline health and social care workers, and those who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus.

Letters will be sent out to the first eligible groups next month, with appointments beginning in September.

Health secretary Humza Yousaf has encouraged those who are eligible to come forward for their doses.

“The vaccination programme in Scotland continues to be a huge success and this is testament to the efforts of everyone involved in its delivery and all those who took up their appointment offers,” he said.

“Vaccination has been our most effective tool against coronavirus. However, the degree of protection offered wanes over time.

“We know that those in high-priority groups are at higher risk of serious illness from Covid-19, and I therefore welcome this latest advice from the JCVI and can confirm that boosters will be offered to all those in eligible groups.

“The additional booster dose will improve your level of protection significantly and is the best way to protect yourself, your family and of course the NHS when we head into the busy winter months.

“I continue to encourage everyone to receive the doses they are eligible for as and when they become available.”

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