The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.
If you have received a letter inviting you to book a coronavirus vaccination, you can book it. Please do not try to book a vaccination, or contact your GP or the NHS about it, until you receive a letter.
The roll out of the vaccination programme will take months so you may not get a letter for some time. More information can be found on the NHS website.
You can also volunteer at Covid-19 vaccination centres. Please see more information about volunteering at vaccination centres.
Vaccine Q&A session for residents
If you missed our question and answer session on the COVID-19 vaccine, you can watch a recording of it below. Local GPs answered questions from residents and explained the truth behind some of the myths circulating about the different vaccines on offer.
Scams have been reported that target members of the public with text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them coronavirus vaccinations. The text prompts you to click on a link which then asks for personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.
We're also aware of a potential Council Tax scam. If you're not sure about something, please contact the council on 020 8215 3000.
How to protect yourself
In the UK, you can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.
The NHS will never:
- ask for your bank account or card details
- ask for your PIN or banking passwords
- arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
- ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills
More information on reporting scams and fraud can be found on the action fraud website.