Over-70s urged to contact NHS if they haven't yet had their first Covid vaccine jab

You can book through a national system or contact your own GP surgery, according to new government guidance.
Older woman getting vaccination

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid and who would like to be, are being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.

Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted, instead of calling their surgery to ask when it was their turn.

However the government announced on 8 February that people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS if they haven't yet been invited, so they can get their first jab by the middle of February - the government deadline for the top four priority groups.

How to contact the NHS about Covid vaccination

Use the national booking service

You can choose a time and location at a mass vaccination site or pharmacy

If you're not online, call 119 free of charge, 7am-11pm, seven days a week

Or contact your GP surgery 

You'll be offered an appointment at a local GP surgery or GP-run community site.

You should only contact the NHS if you think you are in the top four priority groups (check here) who are due to have a first vaccination by mid-February 2021

Eligible people who have not yet booked an appointment will also be receiving follow up letters and phone calls this week to encourage them to take up the offer of a jab.

GP teams have been asked to contact their clinically extremely vulnerable patients, who have been asked to shield, to ensure they have been offered the vaccine.

Anyone who received a letter in 2021 asking them to shield, should also receive an invitation from their local family doctor as well as an invitation from the national booking service inviting them for a jab.

People in priority groups who are given a vaccination appointment by both their local GP team and the National Booking Service should cancel the one they do not want so the slot can be used by someone else.

Health and social care workers, who are also among the top four priority groups for vaccination, should speak to their employer about arranging their jab.

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