This is so frustrating. I've been checking the coronavirus vaccination section of the NHS website occasionally to see if I'd become eligible yet for vaccination on grounds of clinical extreme vulnerability. Up until yesterday the message was that I wasn't. Last night though it changed and after inputting my details was offered a choice of four venues to book a vaccination. Great, you might think. BUT..... the nearest centre is seventeen miles away, I don't drive and current shielding advice is not to use public transport. However there was also a message saying to check again regularly as more centres are opening all the time.
So I looked again today but this time got a message saying I had missed my first appointment!! I didn't make an appointment. The moment I saw I was unable to attend any of the centres offered I clicked out of the website. Worried about being recorded as having missed an appointment I rang the 119 Covid helpline.
The woman answering was very helpful. I explained everything as above and she told me not to worry about it saying I'd missed an appointment as if I'd booked I'd have been texted a reference number which obviously I hadn't. She said I could check back on the website regularly without fear of being dropped off the system because it was wrongly assuming I'd missed appointments.
That was some relief but didn't address the problem of actually making an appointment. Her advice was to phone my GP surgery. So I did. Only to get a message saying if I was calling about vaccination to hang up and wait to be contacted. But as I'm clearly eligible now and haven't heard anything from my GP I am now concerned that I may not be registered on their system as being in the extremely vulnerable category.
It's also unlikely in the extreme that a mass vaccination centre will open anywhere near as there don't seem to be any appropriate venues. Nor is it likely that local pharmacies will start vaccinating as none of them (Boots included) look able to provide the social distancing necessary.
So here I am, eligible to book a vaccination but unable to do so and not heard anything from the one place (GP) I can get to without using public transport or asking a friend to drive me to. And I won't do the latter as it's impossible to have any kind of social distancing in the closed confines of a car for at least a half-hour there and the same back.
This really is Catch-22. I suppose I could ignore the 'hang up' message from the GP and tried that only to find myself number nineteen in the queue. Even if I got through I fear the receptionist's answer will be the same as the recorded message.
Sorry for the length of this post but if anyone has any ideas on how to break the logjam I really would appreciate it.