17th Jan, 2021

Healthcare bosses issue warning following fraudulent calls and texts offering covid jab

Laura Kearns 13th Jan, 2021

HEALTHCARE bosses are warning residents to be aware of fraudulent calls and texts offering the coronavirus vaccination.

The warning comes after some people received suspicious messages asking if they wished to receive the jab and disclose personal details.

The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to those in priority groups and the health service will contact people when it is their turn.

Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.

NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group chair Dr David Spraggett said: “We want people to be alert to potential scams and realise the NHS will not ask you for bank details, to press a number on your keypad or to send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.

“At this time, the NHS is currently only contacting people in the top priority group – patients aged 80 and over, care home staff and care home residents to receive the vaccine.

“When it is your turn to receive the vaccine, you will be contacted by the NHS and invited into a local vaccination hub.”

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent hang up and call 0300 123 2040 to speak to Action Fraud.

If you are worried someone has or might come to your house call 101 to speak to police.

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