Information for the public on the vaccination programme from NHS, NW London:

We are working to vaccinate everyone in the first priority group (those over 80 and at high risk) as quickly as possible.

This will take time but we are committed to getting all people in this group by the end of February 2021.

We know it can be frustrating to see some people being offered the vaccine when you have not yet heard about your own; we are opening all our vaccination sites as quickly as possible and we will get to you soon.

We will also to start vaccinate those over 75 from early February, but again this will take time to get to everyone, please bear with us.

The NHS will contact you when we are able to offer you an appointment, this will either be a letter or phone call from your GP.

If you miss the phone call please don’t worry, we will call again or send you a letter.

Please also be aware some people may receive two invites. If this happens, please pick the site you would prefer to go for your vaccination and follow the booking-in advice provided. You can ignore the second invite.




We are also aware of several reports of people being contacted by fraudsters offering the Covid19 vaccine. The reports show text messages being sent providing a link for people to register their details to apply for the vaccine, some of which require payment.

These text messages and links are not sent from, or linked to, the NHS. 


Please note the NHS will:

  • Never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
  • Never ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.


If you receive a text message from an unfamiliar number:

  • Do not respond to it or click on any links
  • Do not enter any personal or log on details
  • Do not make any payment

You can find more details here Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (

Healthwatch Harrow GP Practices Update:

GP practices in Harrow are contacting patients to update them on access to services.  Each GP Practice can choose how they word their message, but the decision is a North West London wide decision, the key message is summarised below.

General Practices are open but if you feel it can wait, please delay whilst they focus on the prioritises, but if you need to contact them, please do.

This is as result of the increased demand on hospitals due to a surge in coronavirus infections, GP surgeries are being asked to support hospital colleagues by prioritising care for urgent matters and to step-down certain routine activities for at least the next two weeks. They will continue to offer appointments with clinicians for acute illnesses and worsening of chronic diseases, as well as blood tests, wound care dressings, antenatal clinics, mother & baby checks, childhood immunisations, adult vaccinations and cervical cytology for patients at increased risk.

Please follow government guidelines and stay safe remembering - ‘Hands. Face. Space.’