NHS sends text message invitations for 'vulnerable' people to book their Covid vaccines in Milton Keynes
NHS text message vaccination alerts are this week being sent to thousands of vulnerable people in Milton Keynes
The messages are part of a renewed drive to protect those with underlying conditions such as diabetes and some forms of cancer. GPs have already been inviting those with the conditions from their patient lists.
Now the NHS is texting them with a link that enables them to arrange a jab at a vaccination centre or pharmacy-led service at the touch of a button.
Last weekend more than 1.3 million appointments were arranged in England through the national booking service as people aged 55 and over were invited to get a jab.
The vast majority booked online, while a smaller number booked by calling 119 which offers additional support when booking their jab.
Messages will be sent using the government’s secure Notify service and will show as being sent from ‘NHSvaccine’. The NHS will never ask for payment or banking details.
If people cannot or would prefer not to travel to a Vaccination Centre or pharmacy-led site, they can choose to wait to be invited by a local GP-led service.
Ann Radmore, Regional Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the East of England, said: “The vaccination programme across the east of England continues to make really strong progress, thanks to the thousands of NHS staff, volunteers and other partners involved, and we are seeing the early signs that this is driving down hospital cases and ultimately saving lives.
“Tens of thousands more people have now been invited, in line with expert advice on who should be vaccinated right now, and if this is you – whether you’re just getting the invite or whether you’ve put it off for whatever reason – please do come forward and get your vital first dose as soon as possible.
“If this isn’t you yet, you can still play your part by waiting to be invited and continuing to follow all the guidance in place to protect yourself and others from the virus.”
Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are being asked not to turn up early to avoid creating queues.
NHS teams are also visiting those who are housebound and cannot travel to a vaccination service.
Currently anyone aged 55 or over can book their jab online. Other categories invited to book are people who are
clinically vulnerable, frontline health or social care workers, people with a learning disability and people who are main carers for someone at high risk from coronavirus.