People over the age of 50 in Scotland will now be able to book Covid booster and flu vaccinations.

The online booking portal on the NHS Inform site will provide advance appointments for those aged 50 to 59, unpaid carers who are 16 and over, and people aged 16 and over who are household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.

The portal will offer appointments from late November through December, as vaccinations for earlier priority groups are being completed this month.

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Anyone in earlier groups who has missed their appointment can also use the portal to book their vaccinations.

Those without online access, can book an appointment through the National Helpline 0800 030 8013.

People who live within NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles, NHS Shetland or NHS Orkney will receive an appointment through the post but some areas of the Highlands are piloting use of the portal.

As of November 13, 1,151, 883 people in Scotland have received a Covid booster or third shot of a vaccine, representing 25 per cent of over-18s.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “The Autumn/Winter vaccination programme is continuing at pace and running well and the launch of this online portal will allow eligible groups to book their own appointment.

“As has been the case throughout we aim to vaccinate people as quickly as possible in line with clinical guidance.

"Over the course of the Autumn/Winter vaccination programme we will see up to a total of 7.5 million flu and COVID-19 booster vaccinations administered to help protect the people of Scotland.

“If you are eligible for a flu vaccination it is highly likely that you will also be eligible for a COVID-19 booster.

"Your appointment will see you offered both vaccinations at the same time for your convenience and to make best use of resources. You can check your eligibility at NHS Inform.

“We urge everyone who is eligible and who has online access to book their appointment via the portal to ensure maximum efficiency and secure an appointment that is convenient for them.”