Key information for patients about the Covid-19 vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people most at risk from the virus. St George’s is one of 50 hospital hubs across the country that is administering the vaccine to people aged 80, care home workers and NHS staff who are at higher risk.

The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against the virus.

The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. It is important not to contact the NHS or St George’s for a vaccination before then. Please wait to be contacted.

We are currently in the process of contacting eligible patients, via text message, to offer them the opportunity to book their Covid-19 vaccine.

These text messages are sent from a number ending 1215 and reads as follows:

Dear [name],

You are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and are being invited to book an appointment at St George’s Hospital.

To book, reply ATTEND and a member of our team will call you. Please be aware that the number may be withheld or unknown.

If you have already had the vaccine, or do not want to hear from us again, reply CANCEL. Please reply within the next 24 hours to ensure your response is captured.

For more info, visit www.stgeorges.nhs.uk

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

If you or a family member receives this text, please reply as instructed to book an appointment slot at the St George’s Covid-19 vaccine clinic.

At this time, the vaccine is being offered at the St George’s Covid-19 clinic to:

  • outpatients aged 80 and over
  • outpatients aged 70 and over
  • people who work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk and patient-facing staff

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible. The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Meanwhile, we must all continue to adhere to the local tier restriction rules and remember hands, face, space – please visit the Gov.uk website for more information on the national guidelines.

Find out more about the Covid-19 vaccination programme on the NHS England website.