Page updated: 15/02/2021
Local information on finding your nearest vaccination or rapid test centre
The NHS will contact you when it's your turn to have the vaccine. Do not contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. For all local vaccination information please see Suffolk and North East Essex COVID-19 Vaccination Service: https://sneevaccine.org.uk/
The NHS is using a range of community buildings, GP premises and hospitals to deliver vaccinations.
You may be asked for your NHS number to have your covid vaccination
Before you start
You will need your name, date of birth and postcode. You will be sent a text, email or letter with your NHS number.
If you are using this service for someone else, enter their information. They will be sent their NHS number.
It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so you should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.
The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and a full course will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus, but we do expect it to reduce this risk. So, it is still important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you.
To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you still need to:
- practice social distancing
- wear a face mask
- wash your hands carefully and frequently
- follow the current guidance
Community testing is also referred to as lateral flow testing or rapid testing. It's a major tool to help identify and isolate individuals who have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms and may be spreading the virus to other people without knowing.
You can also call 0333 772 6144.
**However, if you have one of the following symptoms you must book a symptomatic test by calling 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test**
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
The NHS will never charge for a coronavirus vaccine, so anyone claiming to offer you a booking over the phone or online who asks for payment or bank details is attempting to scam you.
- HMRC is aware of a phishing campaign telling customers they can claim a tax refund to help protect themselves from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Do not reply to the email and do not open any links in the message.
- HMRC is aware of coronavirus (COVID-19) SMS scams telling customers they can claim a ‘goodwill payment’. Do not reply to the SMS and do not open any links in the message.
- HMRC is aware of a SMS scam which states you will be fined £250 for leaving the house more than once. The message asks recipients to call an 0800 telephone number to appeal. Do not reply to the SMS or call the phone number listed.
** Report scams to Suffolk Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 **
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