COVID is the biggest mass vaccination programme in the history of the NHS and over the coming weeks and months, residents of all ages will be offered the vaccine in Salford, beginning with the over 80s. Patients are being advised not to call their GP practice and they will be called directly when it is their turn to come for the vaccine.
The appointment system is:
- If someone is registered with a GP in Salford they will be called by a staff member, which could be during the week or at weekends.
- If they live in Salford but are registered with a practice outside the borough, they will be contacted by representatives from that local authority area.
- The caller will identify themselves, say they are calling on behalf of the NHS in Salford, and that they are getting in touch about booking an appointment for a COVID vaccine.
- The caller will then offer dates and times for the patient to attend clinic. They will also give the location of the site where they will receive it, which will not be their usual surgery.
- If they are receiving the Pfizer vaccination, they will also be given the time, date and location for the second dose of the vaccination. It is vital patients return and keep the second appointment 21 days later.
- The callers booking vaccinations will not ask for any other personal details other than asking them 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.
- After receiving the vaccination, patients must not drive for 15 minutes and they will need to remain in clinic until that time has elapsed.
It is important that patients attend vaccination appointments. But if for any reason they can’t, people are advised to let us know as soon as possible so slots can be offered to others. The number to cancel will be given out when an appointment is arranged.
We are encouraging this information to be shared far and wide, especially with the elderly and vulnerable with the assurance that the vaccine is safe and has gone through many months of testing before reaching this stage.
Patients can also access this link for more information on the vaccine in Salford: https://www.salfordccg.nhs.uk/live-well/covid-19-vaccine.