New text message service for COVID-19 vaccination invitations
As the COVID-19 Vaccination programme moves on to new age groups, the National Booking Service will shortly begin carefully trialling a text message service for COVID-19 vaccination invitations and reminders, in addition to the letters that are currently sent to eligible people. It is hoped that this approach will help the NHS issue invites to eligible groups more quickly and be more convenient for lots of people, particularly those in younger age groups.
People receiving these text messages will be invited to book online at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119, for an appointment at a local Vaccination Centre or pharmacy-led site. The text message will be sent using the Government’s secure Notify service. They will appear as being sent from NHSvaccine. These text messages are in addition to those which are currently being used by some hospitals and local GP-led vaccination services.