COVID 19 Vaccination of Newly Noted “High Risk” Patients and Carers

In the last few days many patients will have received a letter or communication from the NHS to ask them to shield as they are newly recognised as at high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection.

These patients are now eligible for vaccination and can either wait for a central invitation letter from the national booking service (NBS) or wait for the practice to get in touch to invite them into a practice vaccination site. If you do not wish to wait you can go to the national service directly:

Additionally eligible adult carers (i.e. those known to be eligible for Carer’s Allowance) and others identified as carers will also be invited. These people can make a booking via the NBS or 119 in advance of receiving their letter of invitation. Local Authorities have strong community and third sector networks which can support systems to explain and communicate this to local communities.

You do not need to provide any evidence of eligibility as they are already identified as eligible and will be able to book with their personal details or NHS number.

Carers under 18 will not be able to book using the National Booking Service. Those aged 16-17 will need to be invited by their Local Vaccination Service (us) where they can receive the Pfizer vaccine.