You don't need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine

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A widely shared post on social media claims people who don't know their NHS number are causing a 'bottleneck'.
You don't need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine

12 January 2021

What was claimed Make sure you and your family all dig out your NHS number and have a copy of it immediately to hand for the Covid jab. NHS staff on the front line say this is the biggest bottleneck when it comes to administering the vaccine to as many people as quickly as possible. Our verdict You do not need to have your NHS number with you in order to receive the vaccine. A name and date of birth is all that is required, although some trusts have asked patients to bring their NHS numbers if possible.

Widely shared posts on Facebook claim to be from "NHS staff", and ask people to ensure they take their NHS number with them when they receive the Covid-19 vaccine to avoid delays. An NHS number is not required when receiving the vaccine and there is no national NHS policy to insist upon one. Some NHS trusts have asked people to bring their NHS number if possible to avoid delays.

The posts say: "A plea from NHS staff. Please please please make sure you and your family all dig out your NHS number and…
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