People are being told not to book appointments for the Coronavirus vaccine at a new jab centre in Carlton unless they are over 80 years old.
The warning comes from Trentside Medical Group, who run the main surgery in Netherfield, after reports that those under 80 have started to try and make appointments at the new vaccine centre that opened yesterday at the Richard Herrod Centre in Carlton.
The notice states: “We are aware that some people may be booking their COVID vaccine appointments at Richard Herrod Centre through Swift Queue without waiting for their official letter. Whilst this is permissible, it is for over 80 year olds only at this moment.
“Please be aware that if you book an appointment slot and you are NOT over 80 years of age, it will not be accepted at the receiving end, and you will be turned away when you get there.
“This means that the appointment will have been wasted and this will likely slow down the vaccine roll out programme, and delay your vaccine.”
The plea continued: “Please don’t try to book in unless you are over 80 years of age. Wait for NHS to write to you.”
Those eligible for the jab are also being asked to have their NHS number to hand when turning up for their dose.
AN NHS spokesman said:”Please make sure you and your family all dig out your NHS number and have a copy of it immediately to hand for when you or they are called for the COVID jab.
“From my colleagues on the front line this is far and away the biggest bottle neck when it comes to administering the vaccine to as many people as quickly as possible. Please also take ID with you like.a passport or driving licence.”