Invitations for Vaccinations: How to recognise a genuine invitation and spot scams
Sadly there are several scam emails and text messages circulating which imitate invitations to book an appointment for a Covid-19 Vaccination.
To help you spot a fake or scam message, please note the following:
-Genuine Invitations will NEVER require you to input your bank details
-Vaccines are being rolled out strictly in order of the Priority Groups set out by the JCVI (https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/…/PHE_11895_COVID…) If you are not in one of the top 5 groups and receive an early invitation, it WILL be a scam.
-Invitations will be from your local GP Practice, local hospital or NHS England ONLY.
-Invitations purported to be from Public Health England or Test and Trace will NOT be genuine as PHE have stated that they have no involvement in inviting patients for Covid Vaccines.
-Neither NHS England nor our local Buxton Vaccination site are sending ANY email invitations.
Invitations to our local vaccination Hub in Buxton will be either by Text Message or by phone call direct from your own GP Practice only. We are not sending ANY invitations by email.
Text message invitations will:
1.be addressed to you personally, by name
2.include a unique link from book.nhs.me (prior to 1/2/21) or accurx.thirdparty.nhs.uk (from 1/2/21) which you access using your date of birth
3.be signed from your own GP Practice
Recently, NHS England have begun inviting patients to their mass vaccination centres, usually based in large cities. Locally there are sites in Derby, Manchester, Macclesfield and Sheffield. Invitations from NHS England will be by letter ONLY. You will not receive a text or email from NHS England.
If you have already had the vaccine locally, you may still receive a letter from NHS England. If this is the case you do not need to tell us. You can simply ignore the letter.
Because NHS England and local vaccination sites are working through the same groups of patients at the same time, it is possible that you may receive a letter from NHS England shortly before you are invited to our local site. If this is the case you are welcome to book an appointment at a mass vaccination centre, OR you can wait for an invitation from us if you would rather be vaccinated locally. You shouldn’t have to wait too long for a local invitation if you decide to wait