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NHS to use text messaging for COVID-19 vaccination appointments

by Guy Murphy

The NHS has launched a text messaging service to contact people and arrange COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

It is hoped that using text messages will be quicker and more convenient for lots of people and ensure that vaccination uptake remains high.

The first people to receive a vaccination text message will be those with underlying health conditions who have yet to have a vaccination.

Knowsley residents will receive a text message inviting them to book their vaccination appointment online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.

The text message will be sent using the Government’s secure Notify service and will show as being sent from NHSvaccine. You can trust your text message is genuine if it comes from ‘NHSvaccine’, it includes a link to the NHS.uk website and gives you the option of phoning 119.

The text will read:

NHS vaccine booking service: You are eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccination because of an underlying health condition. The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19. If you haven’t already booked with a local GP you can book now at https://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.

Always remember that:

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • 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 such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips