Scottish government to pay care staff to get Covid boosters in work time


The Scottish government is offering to pay for care staff to get vaccinations and boosters during work time in a bid to drive booster uptake.

A spokesperson told the Independent that financial support is being made available or providers who incur additional costs for employees by being vaccinated during work time so that staff can do so without losing earnings or having to take annual leave.

Scottish Government figures show that rates of uptake of the booster vaccine are currently lower among social care staff, with 47.7% of frontline social care workers and 54.8% of care home staff having had their booster, than they are in other sectors such as frontline healthcare workers – 72%.

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Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “I’m very grateful to all our social care workers for their continued resilience and ongoing commitment during what I know continues to be a very difficult time. I know staff are likely to be feeling particularly fatigued after more than 20 months of the pandemic and I want to thank you all for supporting each other and working together as we continue to navigate through this.

“However, we know that the rate of take up among those working in care homes and social care is not as high as in other sectors. It is crucial, especially for those working with some of our most vulnerable citizens, that you get your booster if you have not already done so. Getting vaccinated is vital in protecting you, those you care for, and your friends and family.”

An online booking portal for health and social care workers can be accessed at:

Staff are also urged to check their local Health Board’s website and social media for walk-in clinics that may be available.  These are also listed by Health Board area on NHS Inform at

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