Keeping our staff and our patients safe from flu and COVID-19 is a priority for us all this autumn/winter.
Please read on below to see if you are eligible and find out where to get your vaccination(s).
Clinic details within existing and acute sites vaccination clinics, which will be regularly updated, are available below. All clinics are open to NHS Lothian and HSCP staff.
Drop-in vaccinations are available until 18th September at
Haddington Corn Exchange Sun-Fri 08:05 – 16:50
Sat 08:05 – 14:30
Pre-booked appointments are also available now.
Am I eligible for a flu vaccination?
NHS Lothian will be offering all staff – both NHS and HSCP – across Lothian the flu vaccination.
Am I eligible for a COVID-19 booster?
Occupational vaccination of health and social care staff is to protect workers at high risk of exposure, who may also expose vulnerable individuals whilst providing care.
I’m eligible for both vaccinations, can I get these at the same time?
All clinics will be delivering flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. It’s quick and safe to get both vaccines at the same time so, if you’re eligible for both, you’ll be able to get these in one visit.
What vaccine will I be offered?
The JCVI has published its advice on which vaccines should be used in this year’s COVID-19 booster programme, which is available here.
Can I drop-in or do I have to book?
Some clinics offer drop-ins and some require advanced booking. You can book appointments from Monday 22 August through the booking portal.
Please be advised that, if you drop-in, you may have to wait to be seen. If you’re eligible for the COVID-19 and flu vaccines, you only have to make one appointment to receive both.
If you have booked an appointment and cannot attend, please make sure you cancel this as soon as possible so we can offer your appointment to someone else.
Line managers are expected to support staff to attend their appointments unless there are exceptional circumstances.
How do I use the booking portal?
You will need your unique vaccination username – you can find this on any appointment letter or email that you have received previously.
If you do not know your username, you can recover it using a past vaccination date which you can find on your COVID-19 status app or paper copy of your record of vaccination.
If you do not know a past vaccination date you would need to call the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
If you have missed your appointment you can rebook within 72 hours after your scheduled appointment time. After 72 hours you will need to call the National Vaccination Helpline.
If a colleague does not have regular internet access, please advise them that they can book an appointment through the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
For all other queries, or if you’re having difficultly booking online, please contact the helpline.
What should I advise patients who ask me when they’ll be called forward?
Updates will be regularly posted, as we receive them, to the NHS Lothian website.
Patients can visit NHS Inform to find out if they’re eligible for one or both vaccinations.