Vaccination bus

Update - 8 November

The East Lothian Health and Social Partnership vaccination bus will now operate on an appointment/referral basis only. Vaccinations will not be available on a drop-in basis.

The majority of people living in East Lothian who are eligible will get their flu and COVID booster vaccinations at one of our clinics in Musselburgh Primary Care Centre or East Lothian Community Hospital in Haddington.

If you are over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable and you have already had your flu vaccination but are now eligible for your COVID booster - you should get an appointment letter from NHS Lothian in the coming weeks. 

If you are invited to an appointment on the vaccination bus:

  • you may sometimes have to wait a short while to be seen
  • you will also need to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination
  • all waiting will be outside the bus, so please dress appropriately for the Scottish weather
  • the team may feel it appropriate to prioritise those in the queue who are more frail or vulnerable – we appreciate everyone’s understanding with this

About the vaccination bus

The bus was launched on 2 November to provide additional local access options to COVID-19 boosters and flu jabs for ‘priority groups’ including people aged over 70 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. 

More than 800 people attended the bus for vaccination over its first four days of operation. Due to extremely high level of interest in the service which resulted in long queues, lengthy waiting times and local traffic disruption, the Health and Social Care Partnership decided to review how the bus operates.

Over the coming weeks, the Health and Social Care Partnership will deliver an outreach programme for under-vaccinated groups to ensure that everyone who wants to is able to take up the offer of vaccination.  We will work with our trusted local partners to identify these eligible groups.