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Aged 60 or over? Book your Covid vaccine jab today!

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Image captionImage 1: Nirmala Shah, 85, receives her Covid-19 vaccination at a doctor's surgery

Hammersmith & Fulham residents aged 60 or over, or ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’, can now book a Covid vaccination appointment without needing an invitation.

Eligible frontline health workers and social care workers are also able to book a test.

All you need to do is:

You can book your appointment to receive the jab at a vaccination centre or a community pharmacy. The Covid vaccination sites in H&F – in White City, Hammersmith Grove and Parsons Green – are run by NHS professionals and have extra measures in place to keep you safe during your visit.

Free transport is being offered to your Covid-19 vaccination appointment. If you’re over 50 and live in H&F, Age UK is organising free Uber taxi rides to and from the vaccination to make it even easier to get your jab. The service runs until the end of March. Call Amy Shallon on 07947 188 221 or email ashallon@aukc.org.uk

If you would prefer to receive the vaccine at a GP surgery, please wait to be contacted.

The sooner we’re all vaccinated, the sooner we can see our friends and get London back to normal. The Covid vaccine is safe, effective and gives you the best protection from coronavirus.

Hear from some of the 30,000 local residents who have already received their vaccine.

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Image caption: Image 2: Aicha Chamchoun (pictured) receiving her Covid-19 jab at a doctor's surgery

Any questions?

Does this mean people can turn up at vaccination services without an appointment?

No. People will still need to make an appointment in advance before going to any vaccination service. This is important because booking slots are carefully managed to allow for social distancing and the number of appointments is based on the supply available that day.

Do I need to know my NHS number to use the booking website/phone line?

No. It’s easier if you do have your NHS number, but if you don’t both the NHS booking website and phone line can still book appointments using other details, provided you are registered with a GP practice.

You can find your NHS number on the NHS App or on the NHS find your NHS number web page.

If I’ve already had my first dose will I be able to book my second in this way?

No. You will only be able to book if our records show you have yet to have your first dose. If you have already had your first dose, please wait for the NHS to contact you about your second. 

What if I don’t live close to one of the large vaccination centres?

The national booking service also handles booking for pharmacy-led vaccination services, of which there are around 200 across the country. Only a small number of people don’t live within travelling distance of at least one of these services.

Alternatively, you can also choose to wait to be contacted by your local GP services. If they haven’t been in contact already, this will be soon.  

Does the NHS have the capacity and supplies available if lots of people now book?

The vast majority of people in these groups have already either had their first dose or are booked in to be vaccinated shortly.

The NHS is confident that the supplies and booking slots are available to accommodate the expected number of people who may now come forward.

Why have I not been contacted by anyone about a vaccination?

If you are aged 60 or over or on the shielded patient list, then it is likely that you have been contacted by the NHS already. If you haven’t, this could be for a number of reasons, but is most likely to be because you are not registered with a GP or have recently moved, and the NHS therefore don’t have your contact details.

If you have never registered with a GP or haven’t been to a GP for a number of years, we would recommend speaking with your local practice about registering.

As well as getting access to Covid-19 vaccines, being registered with a GP also means you are invited to important health checks such as for cancer or heart disease, and can access care easier when you need it.

More information on registering with a GP is available on the NHS website.

Will this approach also apply to the next priority groups when it is their turn to be vaccinated?

No. For the moment this only applies to people aged 60 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

When the time comes to start vaccinating other priority groups, this will be by invitation only so that we can manage the supplies of vaccines available in the fairest possible way.

How do I get an NHS number?

You may already have an NHS number but just don’t know it. If you don’t know your NHS number, you can find out if you have one and what it is on the NHS website.

If you don’t have an NHS number this is likely to be because you are not registered with a GP. If this is the case, we would recommend speaking with your local practice about registering.

As well as getting access to Covid-19 vaccines, being registered with a GP also means you are invited to important health checks such as for cancer or heart disease, and can access care easier when you need it.

More information on registering with a GP is available on the NHS website. 

What if I book an appointment through the NHS website or 119 and I need to rearrange it?

If you need to rearrange an appointment that you booked through the NHS website, you can do this through the ‘manage your appointments’ section on the booking page.

If you booked through 119, you can also ring to rearrange your appointment.

If you can’t attend your appointment for any reason, please cancel or rearrange it so that the appointment slot can be given to someone else who needs it.

Can I still book if I previously had an appointment but didn’t attend or cancel it?

Yes. Only those who have had a vaccination recorded are marked on our system and are therefore unable to book again.

A letter came to my home but it was for someone else. Can I still use it to book an appointment?

No. Unless you are aged 60 or over or on the shielded patients list you will not be able to book an appointment.

If you receive a letter for someone who does not live at your address anymore, please return to sender in the usual way so that our records can be updated.