Coronavirus related scams

Coronavirus related scams. Information for patients

NHS Digital has alerted us to several ongoing spam email and SMS campaigns seeking to exploit vulnerable people and impair coronavirus vaccination efforts. These campaigns variously claim to be from the UK Government, the NHS, Test and Trace, GP surgeries, pharmacies, or from other health organisations like the WHO. Typically, the content of these messages attempts to direct users to phishing sites or connect them to high-cost premium number services, although in some cases the messages contain false or misleading information about the coronavirus vaccines themselves.

 

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.

  • The vaccine is only available from the NHS and is being offered to people in priority groups. Vaccination is free and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn or if you are over 70, you can now contact the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ringing 119 free. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. 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.
  • ask for payment or for your bank account or card details, to pay for a vaccine or to confirm your eligibility for the vaccine.
  • ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine – at the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine.
  • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills, bank account details or pay slips.

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.

Please remember: If you are asked to pay for the vaccine or asked for your bank account details, it is a scam.


Covid Vaccination Programme

Thurleigh Road Practice is working together with other Battersea Practices to manage and run the Battersea Covid-19 vaccination site at The Junction Health Centre. We started vaccinating our patients aged 80 and over from the afternoon of 8th January 2021.

As you may be aware, from the news and Government announcements, the vaccine is in limited supply and we will offer to patients in our high risk/priority group first.

We will contact the relevant patient groups to book appointments as soon as we are able to. For most people this will be via SMS, otherwise we will call you. The SMS invitation will include all the information you will need to book an appointment yourself, followed by our administrative team call as they will need to ask you questions before your appointment.  They also will be able to book an appointment for you.

You do not need to contact us.

We are sure that you will appreciate that we are working very hard on this huge project, and we thank you for your patience.

The order of priority for each group in the population to be invited to receive the Covid-19 vaccine is as follows:

1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2. all those aged 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all those individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over

We will keep our website updated as we receive more details from NHS England.

In the meantime, more information about the Covid-19 vaccine can be found here.

If you wish to volunteer to help to contribute to the success of our local Covid-19 vaccination programme at The Clapham Junction Health Centre, please email to swlccg.covidvacc@nhs.net, who are organising the volunteers. Your help is much appreciated.


Battersea COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – Volunteers Needed

We Need YOU – We are currently planning for an effective Covid-19 vaccination programme in Battersea.

We are working very hard with other local Battersea GP practices to get this essential service up and running for our local population by the beginning of January 2021. However, the scale and pace of the Covid-19 vaccination programme will require additional support and we are looking for volunteers to help to ensure the programme runs safely, smoothly and efficiently.

If you would like to contribute to the success of our local Covid-19 vaccination programme at The Junction Health Centre as a steward, please email: swlccg.covidvacc@nhs.net

Thank you.