Vaccine update in Telford and Wrekin

More letters are due to arrive this weekend at the homes of residents eligible for Coronavirus vaccination (in line with the national priority group criteria) inviting them to make an appointment through the new NHS national booking service.

Vaccine update in Telford and Wrekin

The letters ask people to phone or go online to choose between a vaccination centre or a pharmacy service, located within a 45 minute drive from where they live.

After similar letters were sent last week, some residents reported to the Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council that the NHS’ booking system was directing them to vaccination centres hundreds of miles away.

Council Leader Councillor Shaun Davies said: “If you receive this letter, you can choose where to receive the vaccine.

“A week ago, the nearest national vaccination centre was in Birmingham. Since then, Woodside Pharmacy has been added to the list of venues to choose from, though they will have limited booking slots..

“Your choice of venue is important because, at the moment, the booking system is making people booking their second jab return to the same venue that delivered the first.

“You now have the option of choosing Woodside Pharmacy as the most locally available venue. Alternatively, you may choose to wait a few more days until the new vaccination centre opens at Telford International Centre (TIC). When the TIC is ready, it will be added to the list of options on the NHS’ national vaccination booking system.

“However, if you don’t want to or can’t travel to one of the sites offered through the national booking service, you can also wait to receive a vaccination appointment from your local GP.

“If that is the case, you do not need to do anything – but wait to be contacted by your GP.

“It is not possible to use the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service for people who have not received an invitation letter.”