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How to tell if your NHS vaccination invite is genuine

With more people being offered the vaccine every day, a number of scam text messages are being circulated to steal private information.

The NHS are now sending out Covid-19 vaccination invitations through text messages to ask people to book an appointment. The vaccine is being offered at vaccination centres across the area, the latest of which opened on York Road in Knaresborough just last week. But with more people being offered the vaccine every day, a number of scam text messages are also being circulated to steal private information and bank details. How to tell if your text is genuine You may receive a text from 'NHSvaccine' inviting you to book your vaccination appointments at a vaccination centre or pharmacy, followed by a letter a few days after. If you receive a text inviting you to book an appointment and you're not sure if it is genuine, you can wait to receive your letter. Texts from 'NHSvaccine' are separate to any invites you may get from local NHS services such as a GP surgery or hospital. When deciding whether your text is genuine, remember that the Covid-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS and that the NHS will never ask for: your bank account or card details your pin or banking password copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1369188705349558272   If you fit into one of the following groups, you do not need to wait to be contacted by text or letter: If you are aged 55 or over If you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) If you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker If you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable) If you have a learning disability If you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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