People in Bucks urged to cancel any COVID vaccination appointments they no longer need
News from the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP)
Please cancel any unwanted COVID vaccination appointments to help free up slots for those who need their jab.
The NHS is asking people to come forward to get their COVID-19 booster vaccinations as soon as they are invited by the NHS, to ensure as many people as possible are protected this winter.
But to do this, it is really important that we make as many appointments as possible available. So, if you have booked a vaccination appointment but cannot attend it for any reason, please make sure you cancel or change the booking.
In many cases, people are arranging appointments but then getting one sooner at a walk-in vaccination site. This is fine – the quicker you get your jab, the better. But if you do this, please make sure you also cancel your booked appointment so that someone else can get their vaccine jab instead.
Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is very easy, and understandable, that people take the first opportunity they can to get their booster dose, and that is great – the sooner eligible people have their jab, the better.
“But to make sure we can continue to offer as many appointments to people as possible, it is really important that any unwanted bookings are then cancelled, which is a quick and easy process. At the moment, many people are simply not showing up for their appointments. Not only does this waste the time of our vaccination teams, but, more importantly, it stops people who need a vaccination from booking appointment slots which are actually available. We would be very grateful if people could please help us with this.”
The NHS will contact you when you are eligible to arrange your vaccination – please do not try to get one before then.
You can get your vaccine at:
- a mass vaccination site (like the Guttmann Centre at Stoke Mandeville) or pharmacy site via the National Booking Service. Visit the NHS website to make, cancel or change an appointment at one of these sites
- a GP led vaccination site – practices will contact their patients when the time is right
- a walk-in vaccination site – find an available walk-in vaccination site near you
For all local updates on vaccines, including our Health on the Move vaccination van, visit the Buckinghamshire CCG website.