COVID vaccines are being rolled out across the UK with millions of Brits having received a first dose.
The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to get a jab but what do you do if you can no longer make your appointment?
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If you need to cancel or reschedule then your appointment then you can do this through the NHS vaccine portalCredit: EPA
So far over 22.8 million Brits have received their first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech jab or the Oxford/AstraZeneca offering with over 1.2 million now having had a second.
Over the weekend it was revealed that Brits aged 56 to 59 can now book their coronavirus jab online.
The NHS booking website is now allowing anyone in this group to pick an appointment as more vulnerable adults become innoculated.
Today it was also revealed that over-30s could get their jab next month as the UK is set to receive another 10 million jabs.
Last month, Boris Johnson announced that all adults in the UK would receive the vaccine by July 31.
If you’ve already booked your appointment through the NHS portal and are unable to make your slot there are some steps you can take.
HOW TO CHANGE OR CANCEL MY JAB SLOT
If something has come up and you need to reschedule your jab slot you need to let the NHS know.
This so that your slot and more importantly your dose of the vaccine doesn’t go to waste.
If you already have a slot you need to go to the NHS vaccine portal, by clicking here.
You will be asked to provide your NHS number and if you don’t know it you will have to add your first and second name.
You will then be asked for your gender in order to match your jab record with what your GP has on file.
After that you will be asked for your date of birth.
Once the site has all your relevant information then you will be able to chose another vaccine slot.
If you want to cancel your slot, for example if your GP has advised you to not take the vaccine for a medical reason, then you will also be able to do this through this portal.
When you access the NHS portal you need to click the manage my appointments buttonCredit: NHS
WHEN TO REARRANGE
While the NHS says you should make every effort to stick to your vaccine slot, there are a few reasons why you should rearrange.
If you are feeling unwell with symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have recently tested positive then you should change your slot.
You should also change your appointment if you have been told that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
If you live with someone who has recently tested positive or if you live with someone who has symptoms then you should change your slot.
As well as this, if you have recently tested positive for Covid but have no symptoms, you should wait four weeks after the date you were tested to get the jab.
Many people have raised concerns that vaccine centres are too far away from their home addresses.
People in smaller towns may also have to travel to their nearest hospital for the jab.
If you have been told to go for a jab at a vaccine centre but you can’t get there then you need to contact your GP and explain your circumstances.
They will be able to advise you as to what alternative arrangements can be made.
It’s important to remember that you will not lose your slot because of this and you will still be able to receive the jab.
The vaccine priority list is set out by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation).
The group has determined that the most vulnerable in society should receive the jab first and that once these people are vaccinated the jabs will be given out by age.