Registering for a coronavirus vaccine
You can register for a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination through the online self-registration portal.
This is a convenient and immediate way to register for your coronavirus vaccine and receive your vaccination appointment details.
You will receive alerts and information digitally rather than through the post. It will also help to keep your contact details up to date and make sure you aren’t missed.
If you are aged 16 or 17, it’s important to read information about the coronavirus vaccine before registering.
Who can currently use the registration service?
You can register for a vaccination online if you:
- have not already had your first coronavirus vaccination
- are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland
- are 16 years old or over
If you are 12 years old or over and are a household contact of a person who has had an immunosuppression letter, you should phone the national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
If anyone you know is eligible but they don’t have access to the internet or a smartphone, they can still register for SMS and email updates by phoning the national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
If you don’t register
It is encouraged that as many people as possible register for their coronavirus vaccination, but you don’t have to.
If you don’t register via the online registration portal, your local NHS Board will send out an appointment to you via the post. You should make sure that your address details registered at your GP surgery are up to date so that you aren’t missed.
Alternatively, all mainland NHS Boards are currently running drop-in vaccination clinics. If you're under 18, you should ensure the clinic offers the Pfizer vaccine before attending.
Registering via the online portal helps NHS Scotland keep in contact with you, and helps them to book your appointment more efficiently.
Register for a vaccine
The online registration form will ask for details such as your:
- Community Health Index (CHI) number (if available)
- date of birth
- contact details
How can I find my CHI number?
Your CHI number is a unique number you are allocated when you register with your GP.
You will be able to complete the registration form without knowing your CHI number, but it will help NHS Scotland to match your record if you do know it.
You can find your CHI number in most documents or letters sent to you by NHS Scotland, such as your:
- test results
- hospital referral letters
- appointment letters
Sharing these details allows NHS Scotland to correctly identify you and arrange your vaccination appointment in an appropriate location.
You can choose your preferred contact method and NHS Scotland will contact you with any updates and information you might need.
Once you have submitted your details, you'll receive a text or email confirming that you’ve registered successfully.
You’ll receive a second text or email with your appointment details. This is based on the availability of vaccine supplies and staff.
Please be patient when waiting for your second text or email with your appointment details.
If you can’t make your allocated appointment you can rearrange your appointment.
The vaccine you'll be offered
The vaccine you are offered will be appropriate for you and will be based on clinical recommendations, including those of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccine you receive will also depend on your age, whether you are pregnant and vaccine availability. For a limited number of people, it will depend on clinical reasons such as severe allergy or severe immunosuppression.
Currently, the JCVI guidance is that an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should preferably be given to those under the age of 40 (who are not part of priority groups 1 to 9) where possible, unless they have already been given the first dose safely. It’s therefore likely that you'll be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
If you are under 18 years old you will receive the Pfizer vaccine.
If you don’t have a GP practice
You can still get your coronavirus vaccination even if you aren’t registered with a GP practice or don’t have a Community Health Index (CHI) number.
You should phone the national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 and they will take you through the process.