Hampshire County Council and the NHS are reminding residents who have received their vaccine that it is vital to keep following the rules of Hands-Face-Space.
Who is currently being offered the vaccine and how will I be invited?
How will I be invited for my vaccine?
Please wait to be contacted by the NHS for an appointment. For most people they will receive a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information they need, including their NHS number. Some services are currently also phoning and texting patients to invite them in.
Across Hampshire our 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: These are due to go live shortly. If a person lives within 30 to 45 minutes of a vaccination centre, and haven’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, they can wait to be contacted by their GP.
Find out more about how you will be contacted on the NHS website.
Who can get the vaccine?
The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published its detailed advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020.
In line with this guidance, in this initial phase vaccines will be prioritised for those 80 years of age and over, those who live and work in care homes, and frontline health and social care staff. It has also been announced that people aged 70 and over and those who are listed as clinically extremely vulnerable will also start receiving invitations to have the vaccination.
I am over 80 and am worried as I haven’t been contacted yet – what can I do?
We understand that many people are very keen to be vaccinated as soon as possible, and we are continuing to work our way through the priority groups. While we absolutely understand that it is difficult to wait for an invitation, we will be in touch with everyone as soon as we possibly can.
You can support your local NHS by:
- Making sure you are registered with a GP practice.
- Ensuring your GP practice has up-to-date contact details for you – especially a mobile phone number if you have one. This makes it quicker and easier for us to make contact. There is no need to call us with this information – it can be updated online through the GP practice website.
- Continuing to follow the government guidelines to keep yourselves and others safe by complying with lockdown rules, washing your hands, covering your face, and giving other people space when you are out. This is really important even once you’ve had the vaccine.
I have received a letter with a link to book my vaccination but there are no locations nearby to book. What should I do?
If you live within 30 to 45 minutes of a vaccination centre, and haven’t been vaccinated, you may have received a letter asking to book an appointment through the national booking service online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 for free. If the vaccination centre nearest to you is not showing continue to check the site regularly as more slots will be added as they become available.
If you would prefer to be vaccinated by your local GP practice please wait to be contacted by your GP practice.
I’ve received a letter but someone I live who is the same age hasn’t yet. Can we get vaccinated together?
If you have received a letter and live with someone who is also eligible but has not received a letter, it is likely that theirs will follow shortly. If you like you can wait and book at the same time.
Queries about your vaccine appointment and guidance after vaccination
How can I let you know if I can’t make my appointment?
Once the NHS has contacted you, it will be possible to rearrange your appointment by contacting the team you booked the appointment through. This could be your GP practice team, the national booking service online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination or over the phone by dialling 119.
How long does the vaccine last? Should I still wear a face covering when I go shopping? Can I hug my grandchildren now?
Those who have received a vaccine still need to follow all the same guidance as everyone else to help protect others. Once you have received your vaccination it is still really important that you continue to follow the current guidance to stay at home as much as possible, continue to follow social distancing, wear a face covering and regularly wash your hands.
Why has my second dose been postponed, am I still protected?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and this decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives. Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to return for it at the right time.
Will vaccines still be provided/can I still attend my appointment during the national lockdown?
Yes. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an important medical appointment and so is within the rules wherever you live. Vaccinations will continue as normal in all areas through the national lockdown, so If you have booked or are offered an appointment, please attend it. There is social distancing in waiting areas and please wear a face covering to your appointment and minimise your risk as you travel to your appointment.
I have lost the vaccination card from my appointment, what should I do?
You don’t need to do anything as your GP practice will have a record of your vaccination. If you do need any of the details that would have been on your card please contact your practice online, if possible.
Can I access community transport support to assist me to get to my vaccination appointment?
There is transport support available to help people safely get to their vaccination appointments. The Connect to Support Hampshire website has links and contact details for community transport support available across our communities.
COVID-19 vaccination scam alert
I’ve received an invitation for the vaccine which I am worried could be fraudulent, what should I do?
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
Coronavirus vaccines are only available on the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge.
- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- 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.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
Find out more about how you will be contacted on the NHS website.