Who is currently being vaccinated?
From Monday 15th February, the following people are being invited by the NHS to have their vaccine.
• Cohort 5 – all those 65 years of age and over
• Cohort 6 – all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
People may also receive a letter from the National Booking Service inviting them to book at a Large Vaccination Centre. In the North East this is Newcastle’s Centre for Life and the NHS Nightingale Hospital North East, Sunderland with a third Large Vaccination Centre location opening in Durham opening soon.
People may wish to wait a little while until they receive an invitation from their own GP practice as this is likely to be closer to where they live and might be more convenient depending on individual circumstances. We know people are very keen to have their vaccine but remember it might be more convenient to wait for your local vaccination service run by GPs to get in touch. People should not be worried about travelling to a large vaccination centre, everyone in the priority cohorts who wants to have a vaccination from their local GP vaccination service if they wish. If you want to wait to be called by your local GP vaccination service then don’t respond to the national booking service invitation.
The way the cohorts are being invited may result in a younger person with a underlying health condition being offered an appointment before someone in the over 65 year age group. This doesn’t mean you have been missed so please wait until the NHS contacts you.
Adult carers will receive an invitation to book a vaccination in either PCN sites or Mass Sites via the national booking service.
In the meantime, the message remains the same – the NHS will be in contact with you when the time is right for you to be invited for your vaccine. Please do not contact the NHS, please wait for the NHS to contact you.