The flu immunisation programme began on 20 September 2021.

This guidance will help you prepare for the programme for adults this year. It will also signpost you to relevant resources.

Vaccines are being offered in order of clinical need and age. It will take until mid-January for everyone to be offered their vaccine.

Increasing vaccine uptake across all eligible adult groups is a focus for 2021 to 2022. 

Find out the different eligible groups and how they are being invited for the flu vaccine.

Flu vaccine appointments and COVID-19 boosters

Some people who are eligible for the flu vaccine may also be eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

It is safe to get the flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster vaccine at the same time.

Find out more about who is eligible for both and how they should book (external website).


In Scotland, there is no requirement for written consent to adult immunisation.

But, it’s good clinical practice to record that a discussion has taken place.

Further information about consent, for healthcare workers delivering the flu vaccine, is available from TURAS (external website).

Leaflets to support informed consent are available on NHS inform. Leaflets are also available in community languages and alternative formats.

Find out more about leaflets to support informed consent on NHS inform (external website).



Last updated: 16 November 2021