Important information about COVID-19 vaccination scams

A number of fraudulent calls and texts related to the COVID-19 vaccination programme have been reported locally.

 

Local people in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea have told us that they have received calls from scammers offering the COVID-19 vaccine for a fee.

 

North West London University NHS Trust has issued the following statement:

 

“We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

For future reference and to protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.

·        The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.

·        The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.

·        At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.”

The Government has produced a leaflet about the COVID-19 vaccination scams, how to spot them, and what to do. Click here to read it.

 

You can find more information about the NHS’ COVID-19 vaccination programme by visiting their website.

Your experience matters

 

Since March 2020, we have been asking our communities in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea about the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your daily life.

 

We would love to hear from you. If you would like to share your experiences, please fill out our short COVID-19: Your Experience Matters survey by clicking here.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can email us at info@healthwatchcentralwestlondon.org, or call us on 02089687049

 

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