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Doctors ask people not to contact their GP practice about COVID vaccine

Doctors are calling on people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who have received a letter from the national booking service not to contact their GP surgery about a COVID vaccination.
The request comes after practices have been inundated with calls from people invited by the national booking service.

Dr Rob White is the GP, clinical lead for the primary care network vaccination service and NHS Kernow Governing Body member. He said: “Anyone who is in the groups currently prioritised in the guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and has received a letter from the national booking service should book online or call 119 (free, from 7am, 7 days a week) to book their appointment.

“Please do not contact your GP practice about your vaccination. Myself and fellow doctors have received a significant number of calls regarding booking a COVID appointment. This stops people who need medical help get through to their GP practice.

“It also has an impact on the vaccination programme by making it harder to book appointments for people in the priority groups.”

The GP-led primary care networks are currently vaccinating people aged 65 and over, or those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions including those who are listed on the GP learning disability register.

Practices in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in line with national guidance, are currently not inviting people who are under 65 years old without an underlying health issues for vaccination.

Dr White added: “People across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been hugely supportive of the vaccination programme but we ask for their continued support by waiting their turn. When it is your time the NHS will contact you.”

For further information about our COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, visit our dedicated COVID-19 vaccination page.

Added on 1 March 2021, in News - COVID vaccine

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