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Vaccination Rollout - Please help the NHS to help you

Published on Thursday, 14th January 2021

Help the NHS to help you

The NHS is currently working hard to roll out the largest immunisation programme in history. There are a few things you can do to help:

  • The NHS will contact you when it’s the right time to get a COVID-19 vaccination so please don’t seek a vaccine before then.
  • Please act on your invite 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.

Stay alert to vaccination fraud

Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine to commit fraud. They have some important points to remind people about the vaccine:

• 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 to 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 are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk.

• Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

• 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 full information visit the Action Fraud website: here

Misinformation

The spreading of misinformation can undermine the response to the current public health pandemic emergency. Please go to official sources for your information, such as www.gov.uk and nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ For more about how to identify misinformation, click here

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council Leader, Cllr Julie Jackson said:

“Please help the NHS vaccination programme by following the guidance above and please be on alert to any vaccine fraud, reporting any suspicious activity to Action Fraud as described.

“If we all work together, we can help make this vaccination programme work more efficiently and help our NHS do the best job they can in very demanding circumstances.

“I would also urge everyone to be aware of the circulation of misinformation in relation to COVID and ensure they always get their information from official sources as detailed above.”