Joint advice from the NHS and law enforcement agencies on COVID-19 scams
Please note this public messaging about COVID-19 scams, as patients may enquire about this.
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to email@example.com. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
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.
The NCSC is asking people to report suspect emails to its Suspicious Email Reporting Service simply by forwarding them to firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails forwarded to the service are analysed and if they are found to link to malicious content, it will be taken down or blocked, helping prevent future victims of crime.
The Suspicious Email Reporting Service is a world first which was launched last April by the NCSC in conjunction with the City of London Police. It has now received more than four million emails from the public, leading to the removal of over 26,000 scams and over 49,000 links to malicious content.
Further information about Covid-19 vaccine scams can be found here.
Shielding Advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable patients
the Government has re-introduced shielding advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people across all areas of England from 5 January.
This shielding advice is expected to be identical to that which was in place nationally from 5 November to 2 December, and which was already in place in areas under Tier 4 restrictions.
This advice does not alter if an individual has received the COVID-19 vaccination.
CEV people will be eligible for support to stay at home including free delivery of medicines (where friends, family, or local volunteers are unable to provide help) and statutory sick pay where unable to work from home.
The Government will be writing to all CEV individuals in England to inform them of the advice and support available (including individuals already advised to shield as part of Tier 4 restrictions).
This letter will emphasise the importance of CEV individuals continuing to engage with the NHS, and confirm that they will be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccination in advance of the general population (as per current JCVI guidance).
How to request shielding note online – eligible pts only
If you are eligible, you can now request a shielding note online by clicking on this link:
After completing the information requested in the link, click on ‘accept and send‘ and you will receive your shielding letter within 3 days.
Support for shielding patients
Patients who require some additional support while they are shielding such as priority access to supermarket deliveries or any support provided by the local authority can click on the link below. You will be asked to provide your NHS number which can be found on any letter received from the NHS or on your prescription: