Flu Vaccine Winter 2021 - Notice from the Health and Social Care Partnership

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.


People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.


From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.


Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian - East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.


If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.


Please do not contact your GP. 


You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform

COVID Booster 2021

As with the flu vaccine changes, your local practice will not be providing the booster vaccine later this year. It is likely that the booster will be delivered by the local vaccination team. We will share further guidance and information once available and thank you for your patience at this time. 

Drop-in service for COVID-19 Vaccinations - patients over 16 years

There are drop-in services available for COVID vaccinations. The venues and times are as follows:



Opening Times


Gorebridge Vaccination Centre

Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge, EH23 4TX

Monday to Sunday


Midlothian Community Hospital

Eskbank Road, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, EH22 3ND

Monday to Friday




East Lothian

East Lothian Community Hospital

Alderstone Road, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3PF

Monday to Friday




Volunteer Hall, Galashiels

St John Street, Galashiels, TD1 3JX

Tuesday 24th August

Wednesday 25th August

Saturday 11th September



For further information and updates, follow this link - https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx


Travel Vaccinations

Book: Ask reception for an appointment AT LEAST 6 weeks before you plan to travel. 

If you require any vaccinations for foreign travel make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss which vaccinations are required. You can find out more about this at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

A second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to receive the vaccinations as they have to be ordered. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel.

Some travel vaccines incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

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