Respiratory infections including Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer workplaces and public settings

Guidance for businesses and workplaces on reducing the risk of COVID-19 and supporting staff and customers.

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Vaccination and testing

There have been changes to the COVID-19 vaccination programme in 2023 and vaccination is no longer available all year round. As per advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) COVID-19 vaccination is moving, over the course of 2023, towards a more targeted offer during seasonal vaccination campaigns to protect those at higher risk of severe COVID-19. Further information regarding who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines can be found on NHS inform.

Most people do not need to regularly test for COVID-19 in Scotland now in line with the Testing Transition Plan.

Testing is only available for specific groups to protect high risk settings, support clinical care and for surveillance.

You can still access testing if you have a health condition which means you’re eligible for new coronavirus treatments.

If you are a healthcare worker in a patient-facing role or a social care worker in a service user face-to-face role you should access testing through your organisation if you have symptoms.

NHS Scotland provides information on what people should do if they have respiratory symptoms, including COVID-19 or a positive test result.




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