All areas of Scotland are now in "beyond Level 0".  A summary of this is available here.  Some protections remain in place.  This includes wearing face coverings in certain settings and on public transport unless exempt and continuing to encourage home and flexible working.  

The requirement to self-isolate as a close contact of a positive case has changed for fully vaccinated individuals, as long as you remain asymptomatic.  You do not need to self-isolate as a close contact if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • you are fully vaccinated and 14 days has passed since your second dose of vaccination
  • you have taken a negative PCR test since being advised to isolate as a close contact. You must remain in self-isolation while awaiting the result of the PCR test result
  • you do not develop COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms develop at any stage, you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test, in line with existing arrangements

Adults who are not fully vaccinated must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive.   

Find out more on NHS Inform.

Young Carers

Young carers aged 16 and 17 providing face to face care or support can register as unpaid carers for vaccination.   If you are aged 16 or 17 and provide vital face-to-face care and support for others and haven’t already been given an appointment, you can register for the coronavirus vaccine through the national Covid-19 Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am - 8pm all week).

Young people aged 16 and 17

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that young people aged 16 and 17 can also receive the vaccination. You or the person you care for can register for the first dose of your vaccination here.  

Children aged 12 to 15

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that children at increased risk of serious coronavirus disease are offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This includes children aged 12 to 15 with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression and multiple or severe learning disabilities. 

If your child or young person is eligible, you will be contacted by NHS Scotland with your child's vaccination appointment details. Some children under specialist care will be contacted directly by their healthcare professional and others will receive a vaccination invitation letter.

Local health boards aim to vaccinate those who cannot attend a clinic in their own home or a care setting. Local health boards will contact the parents or carers of these children directly to organise this.  Find out more here.

The JCVI also recommends that children and young people aged 12 to 16 who live with someone who is immunosuppressed should be offered the vaccine. This is to indirectly protect their immunosuppressed household contacts, who are at higher risk of serious disease from coronavirus.  If your child is 12 years old or over and are a household contact of a person who has had an immunosuppression letter, you will receive a letter advising them they can register by phoning the national COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.