How will I be notified about my covid vaccination?

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Covid vaccines will be given out on a 24-hour a day basis “as soon as we can”, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Mr Johnson said the scheme would be rolled out at the earliest possible opportunity, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock expected to give more details in the coming days and weeks. A senior Government source said Number 10 is considering a “pilot where vaccinations are offered for longer hours” in a bid to gauge whether there’s enough demand to keep them running 24/7.

It comes as Asda bosses said the Asda pharmacy in Birmingham will become the first supermarket in the country to vaccinate people.

The branch is transforming its clothing section to host the centre, which will be run out of its in-store pharmacy and be able to administer 250 jabs a day.

The centre will open on January 25, but supermarket bosses are yet to confirm which Birmingham store was chosen for the rollout.

Asda chiefs said it is the first pharmacy to be approved to support the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination programme, and the chain is continuing to work in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England to assess other sites which may be suitable.

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The in-store vaccination centre will be open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, and will give its first dose on January 25.

In a statement, Asda said: “Asda has offered NHS England the full use of its 238 in-store pharmacies and qualified pharmacists to support the rollout of the Oxford/AztraZeneca vaccine programme which has just begun.

“As this variant of the vaccine is easier to transport and store, it could be administered from Asda’s full network of in-store pharmacies throughout the country.”

Roger Burnley, Asda’s President and CEO said the company is delighted to join to be involved in the scheme.

Mr Burnley said: “We are incredibly proud to provide this service and are keen to do all we can to help the NHS and Government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme.

“We have an extensive nationwide logistics network that could support the storage and distribution of the vaccine and our highly trained pharmacy colleagues are experienced in delivering large vaccination programmes, having recently provided nearly 200,000 flu jabs to members of the public.

“We are on hand to provide the NHS with any practical support required so that more people can quickly receive the vaccine.”

The vaccine will also be rolled out to GP practices and community pharmacists across the country in an effort to speed things up.

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How will I be notified about my Covid vaccine?

In early December, it was confirmed by the Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation that first in the queue would be residents and staff in care homes for the elderly.

Mr Johnson said the Government is aiming to have worked through the first priority groups by the middle of February.

But you can’t get your Covid vaccine until you have received a letter from the NHS telling you that it’s your turn.

The Government website writes: “The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine.

“It is important you do not contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.”

You may receive a phone call from the NHS telling you it’s your turn to be vaccinated, which also counts.

Hospital hubs and GP surgeries have already started rolling out the jab programme, and care homes are starting to vaccinate patients and staff.

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