The NHS is offering vaccines first to those at highest risk of catching the infection and of suffering serious complications if they do. This includes older adults, frontline health and social care workers, care home residents and staff, and those with certain clinical conditions.
When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.
For more information please read the PHE COVID-19 vaccination guide and the why do I need to wait leaflet.
Frimley Health and Care Clinical Care Commissioning Group also has regular updates on the vaccination roll-out. and there is a list of useful vaccination FAQs.
The public can really help the NHS deliver the vaccine effectively to those who need it most by following the below guidance.
• The NHS will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward, so please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then
• Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them
• Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
Across Hampshire residents will be invited in one of three ways to have a vaccination:
Using a local GP service: GP practices are working together across the county to vaccinate as many people as possible. Residents may be contacted by a different surgery to the one they usually go to.
Local hospital services: Patients may be contacted to have the vaccination as an inpatient or outpatient.
At a vaccination centre: If a person lives within 30 to 45 minutes of a vaccination centre, and hasn’t already been vaccinated, they may have received a letter asking them to book an appointment online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. If they can’t access the NHS website they can call 119 free. If a person would prefer to be vaccinated by their local GP practice or vaccination centre, as explained in the letter, they can wait to be contacted by their GP or try the website again later as sites are being added as they become available.
Scam alert: There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. Another scam tries to charge for the vaccine - the vaccine is completely free and the NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information.