Which people will be vaccinated first?
The Government’s list of the people who will be being vaccinated in Phase 1 is below, with full details of the most recent guidance on the Gov.uk website.
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
The vaccine invitation letter to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people will be being sent from 3 February, inviting them to attend a vaccination centre or community pharmacy, but also offering them a choice to wait for their GP surgery to contact them direct.
The advice and most recent details of vaccination centres for Cornwall is on the NHS Kernow Covid-19 vaccine webpages.
You can find out how many people have been vaccinated each week in Cornwall here.
People with learning disabilities and autism
An Easy Read vaccine invitation letter template has been developed for use by local vaccination services, to communicate with those who have learning disabilities and autism, when they fall into an at-risk group, or priority group.
‘Severe and profound learning disability’ constitutes an underlying health condition, which puts them in group 6. However, people with less severe learning disabilities or autism may be included in other categories by their age, or other medical conditions.
Other groups at higher risk, including those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, should also be offered vaccination alongside these groups.
Vaccine scams and misinformation
The vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.
- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
Digital Inclusion team at Inclusion Cornwall have produced a special edition newsletter discussing covid-related scams. Please be aware of the material that’s being circulated, and share the newsletter.
Vaccine scam advice in languages other than English
East Cornwall Primary Care Network has produced a short video about the Coronavirus vaccine, which sets everything out simply for those who prefer a video.