Last updated Wednesday the 26th of May 2021
Offers of new date/time for second COVID-19 dose appointments
You may have seen the news about different variants of coronavirus circulating in some parts of the country. It is important that we quickly respond to this. That is why, in line with government and JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) guidance, we are bringing forward when people that are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, get their second dose of the vaccine, if they haven’t already had it.
People affected by this will receive a letter offering an earlier appointment. They can choose an earlier date and time to get their second dose of the vaccine by using the National Booking Service online or by telephoning 119.
Please do not telephone your GP Practice.
Whilst people are urged to take up the offer of an earlier appointment, their original appointment will not be cancelled unless our records show their second dose has been completed earlier.
If you have already recently had your second dose, you do not need to take any action.
COVID-19 vaccination status
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccination
Please do not contact the practice by telephone or online to request a vaccination.
When it is your turn to get the vaccine, you will be contacted by telephone, text message or letter from the practice or NHS England.
To book, cancel or amend an appointment for the Covid vaccination please call the local HUB on 01472 514440 or 01472 806298. The HUBs are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Alternatively you can use the National Booking Service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them.
Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
Watch out for COVID-19 vaccination scams
Please remember, the COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge and only available through the NHS.
The NHS will not:
- Ask for your bank account or card details
- Ask for your PIN or banking password
- Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
- Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport or driving license
How to report concerns:
- If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
- If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726
- If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
For more information on COVID-19 scams please visit takefive-stopfraud.org.uk