We are urging residents to be vigilant against a new coronavirus-related scam which sees criminals calling or texting individuals and offering a COVID-19 vaccination at a cost.
The COVID-19 vaccine will always be free in the UK and delivered by the NHS. Patients will be sent a letter by the NHS call/recall service informing them of their eligibility, and receive a call from Primary Care Networks, offering the choice of booking at a GP-led vaccination centre or using the national booking service.
Newham is urging people who are contacted to remember that any communication regarding a real NHS COVID-19 vaccination booking will never:
- Ask for payment or any bank details
- Ask you to press a button on your keypad when on the phone
- Ask you to send a text to confirm the booking
Anyone who has concerns about whether an approach is genuine should speak to their local GP surgery.
Find out more about Covid-19 vaccine fraud here.
Covid-19 vaccine information sessions
As the Covid-19 vaccination roll out continues we will host Q&A sessions to address any new developments or changes in the programme. If you have concerns or questions about the vaccination, come along to one of our Q&A sessions with Newham NHS, the council’s Public Health team and academics from the medical industry.
If you would like to find out when the next session is or request a Q&A session for your community, organisation or workplace, please email [email protected].
Download the slides from the last Q&A session.