Police issue advice to avoid scams as NHS set to rollout coronavirus text booking
Police have issued advice to help West Yorkshire residents avoid scams - as the NHS rolls out a new Covid text booking system.
From today the NHS will begin texting people inviting them to book their life saving COVID jab, making it quicker and more convenient to get an appointment.
Almost 400,000 people aged 55 and over and 40,000 unpaid carers will be the first to get a text alert inviting them to book a slot as part of the latest development in the NHS vaccination programme - the biggest in NHS history.
The text message will show as being from 'NHSVaccine', police said.
Police said the NHS will 'never' ask for any payment details for a vaccine and to be aware of scams.
The new messages will include a web link for those eligible to click and reserve an appointment at one of more than 300 large-scale vaccination centres or pharmacies across England.
Reminders will be sent 2-3 weeks after the original alert to encourage people to get their vaccine if they have not taken up the offer on the text.
Texts will arrive in advance of the standard letter, meaning if the trial is successful the solution could enable the NHS to react faster to changing vaccine supplies and fill appointments quickly.
Police said: "We are aware certain GP led practices may already send out text messages.
"This is a National rollout.
"Remember - The NHS will NEVER ask for any payment details for a vaccine. If you are unsure you can always book through ringing 119."