Beware of scam vaccine calls
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. There are also reports of people targetting our vulnerable neighbours! Once in the property, we are told the individual injects the person with something (we do not know what). They then make the elderly person pay a large fee. They also charge them for the 2nd vaccine.
* * Please keep a look out for your vulnerable neighbours * *
Report anything suspicious to the police. Take a photo of any prowlers to assist the police in their investigations.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.
- The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
- The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
- At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
I want to know more about the vaccine
INFORMATION: Covid-19 vaccination guide for adults - Public Health England
Why do I have to wait?
Click the link... Why do I have to wait
Townhill Surgery is part of the Woolston and Townhill Primary Care Network (PCN), which consists of four local GP surgeries; Woolston Lodge, The Old Fire Station, St Peter's Surgery and Townhill Surgery. Covid-19 vaccinations will be delivered by PCNs. We are one of very few PCNs chosen to deliver the Pfizer vaccination.
Our Covid-19 vaccination nominated site is St Peter's Surgery.
When do the clinics start?
The first delivery of vaccines is expected on Monday 14th December and our vaccination programme will commence from Tuesday 15th December. You will only be able to attend if you have been given an appointment.
Who will be vaccinated?
The first group of patients to be vaccinated will be those aged 80 and over who are not in a residential or care home or housebound.
How will I be contacted?
If you are eligible for this round of vaccinations, you will receive a telephone call from a Townhill Patient Coordinator inviting you to an appointment. Don't worry if you haven't heard yet, we are working our way through. Two appointments will be made at the time of booking, one for the initial dose and then a follow up dose 3 weeks later.
When will I be vaccinated?
Below is a list of where each group has been placed in order of priority. We have no addtional detail at present and cannot give you a timeline of when each group can expect to receive the vaccination. As soon as more information is available we will be in contact.
Group 1: Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers;
Group 2: All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
Group 3: All those 75 years of age and over
Group 4: All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
Group 5: All those 65 years of age and over
Group 6: All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
Group 7: All those 60 years of age and over
Group 8: All those 55 years of age and over
Group 9: All those 50 years of age and over.