It’s great news that more than 4 million people have had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Those aged 70 and over will soon start receiving invitations to get a vaccine appointment, as well as those that are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid. The priority groups, including care home residents and staff should be invited to receive their first vaccine dose by the middle of February. A new article on Discover answers some key questions on the vaccine roll-out and how people will be contacted about their appointment.
Unfortunately, some criminals have been using the roll-out as an opportunity to take advantage of older people waiting to get the vaccine. There have been reports of scam text messages, calls, emails and doorstep visits. While scams such as these are rare, it is still very important to be aware of what to look out for. The advice is very simple:
The vaccine is only available on the NHS, and you will never be asked to pay for it or to provide your bank details.
Anything that suggests otherwise is a scam. Also remember that:
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents
If you believe someone has been the victim of a scam, report this directly to Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040. If an older person is vulnerable and you are worried that someone has or might come to their house, report it to the Police or by calling 101.