By mid-February the Government aimed to have all over-70s and people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable given their first of two vaccinations against Covid-19, but told people they should wait to be invited for their appointment. Now, the NHS wants anyone over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable who has not had their first jab to contact them to get vaccinated.
Contact the NHS on 119 or book an appointment online here http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. If a suitable appointment is not available, you can ring your GP.
If you are not registered with a GP, you can register without giving an address, and by using the surgery’s own address if there is no address you can use for contact. You should not be asked for identification, or for a postcode, or an address, or for proof of your immigration status. If you are a long way from your own GP, you can register as a temporary patient with another GP for up to three months.
Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) have launched a special helpline, running until the end of May, to help travelling communities with getting registered with and accessing a GP during the pandemic. If you are having any problems registering with a GP, call Billie at Friends, Families and Travellers between Tuesdays and Fridays on 07917 357241.
FFT are also distributing these cards that you can show at a GP surgery
If you are having problems registering in England, you can also call the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33. For Wales, see http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices/contactus/nhscomplaints
The Covid-19 vaccination programme has now moved on to the over 65s, over 60s and ‘at risk’ groups. The appointments for Covid-19 jabs are being sent using the records held by GP surgeries, so you need to be registered in order to get the vaccination. Some people will be contacted by text or phone as well as by letter, if the GP surgery has your phone number.
Some people may get both a letter from the NHS and a phone call or text from their GP, offering two different vaccination centres. The advice from GPs is to book the appointment that is most convenient, but not to book two appointments at two different places.
There will be a 12-week gap between the first and second vaccinations, so Bargee Travellers on CRT waterways may wish to tell CRT when they have to travel back to an area for this purpose, to avoid enforcement action at a later date. If you do travel back to an area for your second vaccination and CRT takes enforcement action against you, we recommend making a formal complaint. See How to use CRT complaints procedure
If you are not registered with a GP, or if you need to register as a temporary patient, it may be more convenient to wait until you are invited for a vaccination and then find your nearest GP and use this form to register with them:
To find the nearest GP, see https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-gp