Over 70s urged to book their covid vaccination now
9th February 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in Coronavirus
People aged 70 and over living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, who have not yet had their first vaccine dose, are being urged to book their vaccine. They do not need to wait to be invited, but should contact the NHS and make their booking now.
There are currently two options available. They can choose whether to be vaccinated at one of three local hospital sites or at their vaccination centre which, for Leicestershire, is the Peepul Centre in Leicester city.
The three hospital sites – Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital – are also offering vaccines to people aged 18 and over who are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable and who hold a shielding letter as evidence.
NHS leaders are very keen to ensure that all eligible people who have not yet had a vaccine have a chance to book. People are also encouraged to share this information with eligible people who may not yet have been vaccinated.
It should be noted that only those who are eligible will be vaccinated. People will be turned away if they cannot prove they are in the priority groups. If you are eligible, please book; if not don’t book and certainly don’t turn up at the sites.
For people aged 70 or over, vaccinations can be booked at a vaccination centre, such as The Peepul Centre, through the national booking service online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them.
Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice.
Alternatively, vaccinations can be booked at one of three hospital sites for people who are
70 years of age and over and for people aged 18 and over who are clinically extremely vulnerable. A definition of clinically extremely vulnerable is available here.
Bookings at the hospital sites are expected to be taken up quickly. However, more appointments will be on offer in the future, including at other sites and will be publicised when they become available.
To make a booking at a hospital site you must have an NHS number. You can find your NHS number here.
To make your hospital appointment, please use one of the following links:
Leicester General Hospital: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$MyYLuoqzBISYQgyU04tDX.BELprxQL7Dms6e9m9EPb51qOzF6Da2m
Please ensure you follow the instructions below before accessing the booking link, as the instructions provide the necessary PIN and step by step details of how to book:
The booking process:
- Click on the link of your preferred vaccination site
- Enter the pin CovidVL19
- Register as a new user – Please ensure you enter your NHS number (if you do not know this, click here to find it).
- Pick the ‘patient’ option on the form and fill in your details
- Choose a date and time for your initial vaccination. The system will automatically generate a second slot.
- Check your inbox and junk mail for an email that confirms your booking. You will also receive a text reminder if you filled in the contact number field
Photo ID and proof of eligibility (a current shielding letter) will need to be provided on arrival for clinically extremely vulnerable patients. Those aged 70+ will need to provide Photo ID only. Patients who are unable to provide these will not be vaccinated.
People in the two eligible groups are encouraged to book now, using one of the methods outlined. Patients may also be able to book their second doses at the same site.