Over 70s urged to book their OWN Covid jab appointment

Over 70s are being urged to make their own Covid vaccine appointments if they haven’t yet had their first jab.

People in the over 70s age group no longer need to wait for their GP to contact them and are being encouraged to book themselves in for the injection online.

Figures released last week by the government showed that 28 per cent of 70-74-year-olds in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland had had their first dose, with 73.1 per cent of 75-79-year-olds ticked off the vaccine waiting list.

When booking online, people will be sent to one of three hospital sites or Leicester’s mass vaccination centre based at the Peepul Centre.

The three hospital sites – Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital – are also offering vaccines to people aged 18 and over who are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable and who hold a shielding letter as evidence.

A clinical commissioning group spokesperson said: ”Only those who are eligible will be vaccinated. People will be turned away if they cannot prove they are in the priority groups. If you are eligible, please book; if not, don’t book and certainly don’t turn up at the sites.

“We are very keen to ensure that all eligible people who have not yet had a vaccine have a chance to book. Please share this information with eligible people who may not yet have been vaccinated.”

Appointments can be made by clicking on the links beside their chosed venue below, or calling 119.

To book at the Peepul Centre – click here.

To book at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, click here.

To book at the Glenfield Hospital, click here.

To book at Leicester General Hospital, click here.

The booking process

  • Click on the link of your preferred vaccination site
  • Enter the pin CovidVL19
  • Register as a new user – Please ensure you enter your NHS number (if you do not know this, click here to find it).
  • Pick the patient option on the form and fill in your details
  • Choose a date and time for your initial vaccination. The system will automatically generate a second slot.
  • Check your inbox and junk mail for an email that confirms your booking. You will also receive a text reminder if you filled in the contact number field Photo ID and proof of eligibility (a current shielding letter) will need to be provided on arrival for clinically extremely vulnerable patients. Those aged 70+ will need to provide Photo ID only. Patients who are unable to provide these will not be vaccinated.

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Bookings at the hospital sites are expected to be taken up quickly. Health bosses say that more appointments will be on offer in the future, including at other sites and will be publicised when they become available.

The government is on track to reach its self-set target of vaccinating 15 million people in the top four priority groups by Monday, February 15.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News