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Most people get a text from their local health centre to make an appointment not a letter.
I didn’t get a text. I was sent a letter and missed my first appointment because I’m staying with my Dad as he recently had a stroke. He’s OK now. I had to wait for 10 days or so to get a new appointment. They told me I will get a letter and not a text for my second jab. So please don’t rely on a text. I hope this helps.
 

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Most people get a text from their local health centre to make an appointment not a letter.
I got a letter saying I could book dates online OR phone 119 to book. The first vaccination centre I was given (on 119) for both jabs was 70 miles away.
I did the 140 mile round trip to get my first jab but was told to cancel the second date and try for a more local centre because more vaccination hubs were opening all the time.
I phoned 119 again and got a date for my second jab ( at the end of May) which is only 20 miles away.

Im in Cumbria and all the people I have talked to in my area were given both dates at the time of booking, either online or by phone.
 

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I got a letter saying I could book dates online OR phone 119 to book. The first vaccination centre I was given (on 119) for both jabs was 70 miles away.
I did the 140 mile round trip to get my first jab but was told to cancel the second date and try for a more local centre because more vaccination hubs were opening all the time.
I phoned 119 again and got a date for my second jab ( at the end of May) which is only 20 miles away.

Im in Cumbria and all the people I have talked to in my area were given both dates at the time of booking, either online or by phone.

Mrs D got her second jab date at the same time as booking her first but I didnt. My first just came by a text link but nothing about the second date. I presume I just have to wait to be contacted.
 

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I didn’t get a text. I was sent a letter and missed my first appointment because I’m staying with my Dad as he recently had a stroke. He’s OK now. I had to wait for 10 days or so to get a new appointment. They told me I will get a letter and not a text for my second jab. So please don’t rely on a text. I hope this helps.
Think it is carrier pigeon here?
 

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Mrs D got her second jab date at the same time as booking her first but I didnt. My first just came by a text link but nothing about the second date. I presume I just have to wait to be contacted.

M-I-L has missed her second jab appointment.
Nobody had bothered contacting her to notify her of the date and time - she received no letter, phone call or text. 🤬
Only found out from her GP at the end of last week, but she still no idea now when replacement appointment is happening 😡

Our GP definitely doesn't do text notifications here.
We both got an NHS letter for the first jab when it was our 'group' (y)
Neil booked into a hub online 20 miles away, then GP phoned out of the blue 3 days later and offered him a much earlier jab at the surgery instead.
He has since found it is impossible to cancel the appointment he originally made online 🤷‍♂️

After getting the "letter", depending how you made your first appointment, it seems to vary quite a lot for the 2nd jab appointment, especially where 1st jab has been given via a GP surgery and not a hub.

It's definitely a little confusing! 🤷‍♂️ 🤷‍♂️
 

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My wife as a nurse had hers a long while back and was told by her boss on the day 'spare vaccines at **** clinic', if you are able please go. They had 6 spare Pfizer so 6 went - it's at one of their group clinics so only 10 miles away. She is expecting the same call this week for her 2nd as 2 were done on Friday and it's shocking how many don't turn up!! I had my first just over 3 weeks ago - had call saying 'calling on behalf of your surgery to invite you for your vaccination - booked there and then for the following week'. She told me to ignore any letters or texts ass this was firm booking. Immediately after jab (Pfizer) I was given a card with date for 2nd jab and told at same place at same time. Told it was firm booking and wouldn't be cancelled as they'd hold vaccines that week to ensure second doses given. It was all incredibly well organised.
 

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Woke up this morning with a soar arm and feeling like I was drunk so rang work to say I wasn't coming in apparently my boss must be a doctor as told me he was fine after his jab I told him the nurse said side effects are common and she told me to take time off if any symptoms so after a heated argument I asked him if he really wanted me to risk coming in and driving my van and crashing I had my phone on loud speaker Julie was shocked how he spoke to me I told her that's how bosses treat you at royal mail hoping it only lasts 24 hours or will be round 2 tomorrow with my boss
 

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After the over 75s gps have played no part in the rollout here, which seems to have slowed it down in relation to other areas. My wife is still not vaccinated and is over 60.
Has she had any notification about it at all?
After making enquiries last week I got this email back yesterday ....

"Thank you for your enquiry about a missing COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Unfortunately, we cannot find your details on our centralised appointment system. We have passed your enquiry on to your Health Board for further investigation.
If you do not receive an update from your health board or a letter informing you of your vaccination appointment, within the next week, then please phone the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am-8pm, 7 days a week). ...."

If I hadn't have made a call, I would say I would have never been down for a jab at all ! I guess it is maybe as I am a new patient? (Only been registered for 11 years). Or maybe a one-off error (probably like my OH at the same surgery for 20+ years who also has not heard a thing).
 

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Has she had any notification about it at all?
After making enquiries last week I got this email back yesterday ....

"Thank you for your enquiry about a missing COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Unfortunately, we cannot find your details on our centralised appointment system. We have passed your enquiry on to your Health Board for further investigation.
If you do not receive an update from your health board or a letter informing you of your vaccination appointment, within the next week, then please phone the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am-8pm, 7 days a week). ...."

If I hadn't have made a call, I would say I would have never been down for a jab at all ! I guess it is maybe as I am a new patient? (Only been registered for 11 years). Or maybe a one-off error (probably like my OH at the same surgery for 20+ years who also has not heard a thing).

We contacted the national helpline a few weeks ago and she has an appointment on Friday. It was reading experiences of others on here that made us realise that we were well overdue. All appointments in our area are by postal notification.
 

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Sounds like we are really lucky in this part of Norfolk then. Our surgery has always been brilliant even pre-COVID. It's all really odd as once jab given it appears to upload onto a register separate from NHS System 1 so they know who's been done without requiring access to patients notes. My wife as an assessor had to train up to register on the system. As soon as you put in patients name and DoB it brings name up and tells whether first or second jab, so surely they can easily formulate a reminder system.
 

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I got an invite to book a jab today. But nearest is currently 13.5 miles away so would be about a 30 mile round trip! I'll wait until they are available closer.
After all the travelling we are used to doing in our MH's 13 .5 miles is nothing , I had to travel 65 miles to get my first jab (130 round trip) My second jab is only 18 miles away, brilliant !
 

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Pfiezer Biontec jab no2 today. Painless and extremely well organised at Darlington Memorial. No side effects other than a pain in the arm. Well done the NHS and all those involved in the vaccine research and roll out. Denise has had no2 as well and given her past chemo treatment and health issues we feel SSSOOOO much more secure and happy. Still adhearing to covid rules though!
 

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From NHS Borders ....

"We are currently vaccinating those aged 60-64 years old, unpaid carers and those with underlying health conditions.
Appointments for those aged 50-59 will be scheduled next. We are receiving a lot of queries from people in this group asking if they have been missed. Please do not worry, your appointment will be arranged and sent to you in due course."


I am sure they are getting a lot of queries when there is a widely published commitment that everyone 50 and older in the UK (which includes Scotland?) who wants a jab will have had one by 15th April - and here with less than 3 weeks to go the delivery will be "in due course" :rolleyes:
 

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AFAIK all staff at local hospital have been offered jab, quite how many took up the offer I don't know.
 
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