Scam regarding Covid-19 Vaccination for Over 80’s

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Bolton NHS Foundation Trust reported that patients in their 90s have received phone calls to say they’ll be having their Covid vaccinations at home and they will be coming to address on a certain times/dates to do this.

GMHSCP are talking to GMP, and asked if we can get the messages out through our networks that no one will be contacted to have their vaccine at home.

Here’s a good explanation from Oldham Council of what to expect including how the appointment system will work:

  1. If you are registered with a GP in Oldham, you will be called by a staff member from a number starting 0161 770 or contacted directly from your GP.
  2. If you live in Oldham but are registered with a practice outside the borough you will be contacted by representatives from that local authority area.
  3. The caller will identify themselves and say they are calling on behalf of your GP and they are getting in touch about booking an appointment for a Coronavirus vaccine.
  4. The caller will then offer dates and times for you to attend clinic. They will also give the location of the site where you will receive it. This may not be your usual surgery.
  5. If you are receiving the Pfizer vaccination, you will also be given the time, date and location for the second dose of the vaccination. It is vital, you return and keep your second appointment 21 days later.
  6. The callers booking vaccinations will not ask for any other personal details other than asking you to confirm your name. They certainly will not ask for any money. Sadly, we have already been alerted to possible phone scams with callers asking for payment for access to vaccinations.
  7. Once you have received the vaccination you must not drive for 15 minutes afterwards. You will need to remain in clinic until that time has elapsed.

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Ed Thwaite Chairman

Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum