A doctor’s surgery in Lincolnshire is warning their patients not to be deceived by calls offering them a Covid-19 vaccine.
St Peter’s Hill Surgery, Grantham asked their Facebook followers to alert friends and family to the disturbing reports that unauthorised, non-NHS organisations were offering housebound patients the jab.
Patients were told that they would be visited at home and would be administered with the vaccine there.
However, the surgery clarified that supplies of the vaccine remain low and that, as of December 21, they had not yet managed to provide the jab to all those aged over 80 in their population.
It has been advised that patients who receive a call from any organisation offering the Covid-19 vaccine should contact their local surgery straight away.
In a message, the surgery said: “Sadly, we are receiving disturbing reports that some housebound patients within our community are being contacted by unauthorised, non-NHS organisations, offering to visit them in their own homes to administer the Covid-19 vaccine.
“This is not the case and this is extremely worrying that vulnerable patients are being targeted in this way and has been reported to the appropriate authorities.
“Please share with your family and friends, that GP surgeries are not yet able to deliver the vaccine to our housebound population, so we are not contacting them, or asking anyone else to do so on our behalf at this stage, so they must be vigilant to these types of fraudulent activity.
“Supplies of the vaccine remain very limited so we are still not in a position to invite all of our over 80 year old age group, so would ask for your patience and understanding.
“We will continue to keep you updated as things develop.”
One Facebook user commenting on the warning claimed that their mum had been contacted over the phone offering her the jab however checked with the surgery before agreeing to it.