All people aged 50 and over should be offered the vaccine by the end of May
The Scottish Government has said that all adults should have received at least one vaccination dose by early May 2021, with second vaccination doses completed by mid-July.
But with the vast majority of vaccines so far only being available to care home residents and frontline health and social care workers, when can others expect the vaccine? This is what we know.
Who is currently being offered the vaccine?
At present, care homes remain the priority and then those aged 80 and over in the community.
Doctors, nurses, social care workers and other essential workers on the frontline of treating extremely vulnerable and at risk people are also receiving the vaccination.
Out of 250,000 people aged over 80 in the community, only just above 2 percent have received their first dose.
However, Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman has announced plans to increase vaccinations “rapidly”.
On 18 January, Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland remained “on-track to complete first dose vaccines for the JCVI priority groups one and two by the start of February.”
She added: “Just to remind you, that includes care home residents, which, I’m pleased to say, are almost complete already, health and care staff, and everybody who is aged over 80.”
When can I expect to receive the vaccine?
Over 70s and those defined as clinically vulnerable – considered priority groups three and four – should expect to have received their first jab of the vaccination by mid-February.
Then, those aged over 65 and adults over the age of 16 who have underlying health conditions are to receive their first dose by mid-March.
By the second week in May, those over 50 years old and any adult considered extremely vulnerable will have received their vaccine – this will conclude the first vaccinations of all priority groups.
After receiving the initial dose of the coronavirus vaccine, people will then be invited to receive the second dose approximately 12 weeks later.
This means those who are last to receive the vaccine in May will be fully immunised by mid-July.
What are the nine priority groups?
Nicola Sturgeon has said her government is administering the vaccine in accordance with advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
As such, the nine priority groups are:
1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. All those 60 years of age and over
8. All those 55 years of age and over
9. All those 50 years of age and over
Children and adults under the age of 50 who do not have an underlying or significant health condition have not yet been told when to expect the vaccine.
A vaccine calculator has now been made available for people in Scotland to determine when they are likely to be immunised.
How does the vaccine calculator work?
The vaccine calculator has been created on Omnicalculator, and uses specific details to estimate when you could receive the vaccine.
Based on the UK’s current nine-point priority list for the vaccine, it tells you how many people are likely ahead of you in the queue.
Omnicalculator has also gathered data on how big each group is likely to be, in order to estimate where you are in the queue.
Questions asked by the calculator include your age, health conditions and whether you are pregnant or if you are a care home worker or an unpaid carer.
It then uses this information to calculate when you’re most likely to receive the vaccine, based on the answers you’ve given.
What vaccine will I receive?
Scotland, like the rest of the UK, has now received batches of the American Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Moderna vaccine has also been approved for use by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) but will not become available until the springtime.
People are not given a choice over which one they receive, but all are expected to be around 95 percent effective and safe for use.
It is advised that patients receive their two doses from the same type of vaccine, as there is not enough data to determine the effectiveness of using different vaccines each time.