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COVID Vaccinations

When will you get your vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccination programme across Greater Glasgow and Clyde is being rolled out in accordance with the priority list agreed by the Scottish Government and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

If you are eligible, you can get the booster dose any time at least 3 months (12 weeks) after your second dose and it will help reduce the risk of you needing to go to the hospital due to coronavirus this winter.

NHSGGC will invite everyone who is due flu vaccination or a third Covid booster in line with the priority groups used during the first vaccination programme, so it may be a number of weeks before you receive your invitation.

If you normally receive seasonal flu vaccination then your COVID booster will be given at the same time if possible.

To keep updated on who is currently being vaccinated and for other COVID-19 vaccine information:

Information for specific groups

People who are immunosuppressed 

The JCVI has recommended that individuals who are severely immunosuppressed aged 12 and over have a third Covid-19 vaccination.

This is because people who have a weakened immune system may not have had a full response to the vaccine and are therefore less protected than the wider population.

This includes some people who have received organ transplants, people with cancer and people with HIV
There must be at least eight weeks between the second and third dose of the vaccine.

Those who fall into this group will be contacted by the board and offered an appointment at the earliest available opportunity.

Young people aged 12 to 15 years old

People aged between 12-15 years old will receive an invitation to attend for their Covid-19 vaccination based on the recommendations of the four UK Chief Medical Officers.

The decision to offer vaccination to 12-15-year-olds takes account of a number of public health considerations including the ability for children to do extra-curricular activities such as social events and reduce the risk of further educational disruption.

All young people will receive a letter inviting them for vaccination.

Health Boards expect to begin to invite young people for appointments from the 4th October 2021. However, individuals are able to attend drop-in clinics across NHSGGC from the 22nd September. Only one dose will be offered at this point.

The JCVI will continue to monitor emerging evidence with regard to a second dose.

Other priority groups

Those eligible for a booster dose are

  • Those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 40 years or over
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • All those aged 16-49 with underlying health conditions or who are carers
  • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

Covid-19 booster vaccination can be offered no sooner than six months (24 weeks) after the second dose so appointment timing will take this into consideration and will influence when you are invited for your booster vaccination.

About your COVID vaccination appointment

Attending your appointment

On the day of your appointment

  • Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. This will help avoid queues and issues with social distancing
  • Please wear a face covering while travelling to and from and during your appointment
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Please bring your letter, or booking reference numbers if your appointment is at a vaccination centre.

It is extremely important that you do not attend if:

  • You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • You have tested positive in the last 28 days
  • You are self-isolating as you are a close contact
  • If you are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.

If you develop symptoms you should self-isolate and reschedule your appointment for after the self-isolation period.

What to do if you need to reschedule your appointment

Appointments are being allocated at the vaccination centre closest to your home postcode.

If you are unable to attend or cannot get to this location, you can change it online at www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments

Or you can call the helpline number to rearrange your appointment 7 days a week, 8.00am to 8.00pm on 0800 030 8013.

Please note this number is for rescheduling appointments only, members of staff on this line are unable to provide an initial appointment date.

Information on using the drop-in service

Our clinics are very busy, so we would like to encourage people to book wherever possible to avoid queuing at clinics.

If you need to, you can book a first appointment or call the helpline on 0800 030 8013 to make an appointment. Appointments, including same-day appointments, are available at all of our sites.

If you have been unable to attend a booked appointment, even if this was some time ago then you can rearrange your appointment online here:

Drop-ins will only be open to those who have not had the first dose of the vaccine, and those who have waited over 8 weeks for their second dose and do not have an appointment booked.

Anyone aged 12 and over can attend for the first dose of vaccine. For those who have already received their first and require a second please ensure there are 56 days between doses (not everyone aged 12 to 15 requires a second dose).

For full information see The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)

Drop-In Vaccination Centres

As soon as they become available we will let you know.

What to expect after your vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine will be given in two doses. You will be advised when to return for your second dose. It is important to get both doses to protect yourself against COVID-19.

Some people may experience side-effects after getting the vaccine. These are usually mild and may include:

  • Tenderness, swelling and/or redness at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Feeling tired
  • Fever/high temperature (37.8°C or greater).

A less common side effect is swelling of the glands which could start a few days after the vaccine and may last for up to 2 weeks.

This is to be expected and is a sign of the immune system responding to the vaccine.

COVID-19 booster vaccination programme

Which vaccine will be administered during the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme?
  • Those eligible will be offered a booster dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine
  • If for any reason you are not able to have one of those vaccines, you will be offered a dose of AstraZeneca (if you received this vaccine in your primary course)
  • All of these vaccines are safe and highly effective, and the NHS will ensure you are offered a vaccine suitable for you.

Can I choose whether I receive a Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine?
  • No, but both vaccines are highly effective and provide a strong booster response
  • When you attend your booster vaccination appointment, you will be offered a safe, effective vaccine that has been taken up by millions of people and has saved more than 120,000 lives in England alone
  • If you have any concerns, discuss with your GP or healthcare professional.
The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance on boosters positions the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine ahead of the Moderna vaccine, does that mean Moderna is second choice?
  • Both vaccines are safe and very effective and provide high levels of protection
  • The JCVI said people should be offered Pfizer/BioNTech or alternatively Moderna, they did not say one was better than the other. They are both extremely effective vaccines made in a similar way from mRNA technology.
Why is the JCVI recommending a half dose of Moderna?
  • JCVI has reviewed the latest epidemiology of COVID-19 in the UK, mathematical modelling, data on vaccine safety and vaccine effectiveness, and data from trials undertaken to understand the immunological impact of booster vaccinations
  • Data from the COV-BOOST trial indicate that booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines are generally well tolerated and provide a substantial increase in vaccine-induced immune responses
  • In particular, mRNA vaccines (Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna) provide a strong booster effect. These results are consistent with those from other studies that examined the effect of half dose Moderna vaccine following primary courses of full or half doses of Moderna vaccination
  • A half dose of Moderna vaccine is advised over a full dose due to the levels of reactogenicity (common “expected” side-effects) seen following boosting with a full dose within the COV-BOOST trial.
The JCVI has recommended mRNA vaccines as a booster dose – what does this mean for people who can’t have mRNA vaccines?

Where mRNA vaccines cannot be offered e.g. due to contraindication, vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine may be considered for those who received AstraZeneca vaccine in their primary course.

If you have not yet received the 1st or 2nd dose of vaccination

For those individuals who declined their vaccination initially or missed their appointment and now wish to be vaccinated, please contact the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 or register online at: nhsinform.scot/vaccineregistration

People who have not yet received their second vaccination will still be able to do so. They will be invited to attend an appointment when their second dose is due or they can drop-in to a clinic. For appointments scheduled by letter or via the drop-in service, individuals must be a minimum of 8 weeks after their first dose before they can receive their second.

Vaccination Clinics

There are 19 vaccination clinics in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. This allows vaccinations to be delivered locally and safely. The sites are also able to accommodate significant numbers of people.

You’ll find a list of the community clinics below or find them on Google Maps.

East Dunbartonshire
  • Milngavie Town Hall: 71 Station Rd, Milngavie, Glasgow G62 8BZ
  • Kirkintilloch Town Hall: Kirkintilloch, Glasgow G66 1HN
  • Tweedie Hall: Bridge St, Linwood, Paisley PA3 3DB
  • Renfrew Leisure Centre: Paisley Rd, Renfrew PA4 8JL
  • Johnstone Town Hall: 25 Church St, Johnstone, PA5 8EG
  • Lagoon Leisure Centre: 11 Christie St, Paisley, PA1 1NB
East Renfrewshire
  • Barrhead Health and Care Centre
  • Carmichael Hall, Giffnock – Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Rd, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 7JS
Glasgow City
  • Partick: Partick Burgh Hall, 9 Burgh Hall St, Partick, Glasgow G11 5LW
  • Castlemilk: Glasgow Club, 28 Dougrie Rd, Glasgow, G45 9NH
  • Barmulloch: Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, Glasgow, G21 3PX
  • Glasgow Central Mosque: 1 Mosque Avenue, G5 9TA
  • Easterhouse: Glasgow Club: 12 Auchinlea Rd, Glasgow, G34 9HQ
  • Drumchapel: Glasgow Club Donald Dewar: 220 Garscadden Rd, Glasgow, G15 8SX
West Dunbartonshire
  • The Hub, Clydebank: 405 Kilbowie Rd, Clydebank G81 2TX
  • Alexandria Community Centre: Main St, Alexandria, G83 0NU
  • Concord Centre/Denny Centre: Dumbarton – St Mary’s Way, Dumbarton, G82 1LJ
  • Greenock Town Hall: Cathcart Square, Greenock, PA15 1LS
  • Port Glasgow Town Hall: Shore St, Port Glasgow, PA14 5HD