NHS VACCINE ADVICE: What to look out for when you’re called for the vaccine
Growing numbers of people in our region have now had their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine, raising hopes that infection levels will come down further.
More than 20% of the British population have now had their first injection and people over the age of 65 are now set to start receiving calls to come to an appointment for a jab.
However, with large numbers of people being called for vaccinations every day, a series of scams have emerged from people trying to take advantage of the rollout.
They have included trying to get people to hand over personal details in order to commit fraud but have also extended, in at least one case, to people handing out fake vaccinations having arrived at a victim’s house.
Health services and local councils are encouraging everyone to be aware of how the vaccination appointment process will work so they don’t fall victim to a scam.
NHS Liverpool CCG has also issued three basic pieces of information for people to be aware of if are waiting for an appointment or if they are offered the vaccine over the phone or in person.
That advice is:
- The NHS will never ask you for any of your bank or card details, or for any payment. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a fraud.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
Anyone who believes that they may have been targeted in an attempted fraud should report it directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
If there is a concern over someone who has come to your house or may do so, or if you or someone else who was the victim are vulnerable, the advice is to report it to the police on 101.
How do you get an appointment to get the vaccine?
The NHS advice up until now has been that everyone should wait to be offered a vaccine appointment.
There was a slight change this week, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that anyone over 70 who had not yet had the jab should now contact the NHS.
However, the number of people in that group who have not been contacted is small – and the advice for anyone outside that group remains as before. They should wait to be contacted by the NHS to go for their jab.
The NHS Liverpool advice on vaccination appointments in the city said: “If you are invited by a local GP-led vaccination centre, you could be contacted in one of several ways – by phone call, text message or letter, depending on what contact information you have provided to your GP practice.
“Alternatively, you could also get a letter from the NHS Covid-19 vaccination booking service inviting you to book online or by phone.
“Booking through this service will give you the option of having the vaccine at a mass vaccination centre (the nearest is currently in St Helens), or a community pharmacy.
“However, you don’t have to take up this option if you don’t want to – you can wait for your local GP-led service to get in touch with you if you prefer.”
You cannot go to a vaccination centre in hopes of getting a drop-in appointment. None are currently being offered.
Words: Nick Tyrrell, Local Democracy Reporter
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