Warning of fraudulent coronavirus vaccine messages circulating in the North East asking for personal details

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People are being warned of fake coronavirus vaccine texts that appear to have been sent by the NHS.
Authorities are trying to educate people about fraudulent messages circulating in the North East.

The texts tell residents they are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine, then link readers to a fake NHS website where they are asked to provide personal details.

Among the things they ask for is a person’s address, a payment card, and proof of address.

However, health officials are urging people not to be scammed and remind residents that the NHS would never ask for banking information.

A spokesperson for the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘Please take note of the fake NHS texts that are circulating right now, informing people that they are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

“The text links to a bogus NHS website which asks for various personal information. The NHS will never ask you for your bank details. ”

North Tyneside Council also shared the warning on its social media channels.

A spokesperson said: “Don’t let the crooks make the situation worse. ”

The warning comes as the Moderna vaccine becomes the last coronavirus vaccine to be cleared for use in the UK.

This is the third vaccine approved in the country, joining those manufactured by Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

The government also agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses of the Moderna vaccine on top of its previous order of seven million, bringing the total to 17 million. However, supplies are not expected to be delivered until spring.

The Moderna vaccine was about 94% effective at preventing disease in clinical trials, which did not reveal any serious safety concerns.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This is another great news and another weapon in our arsenal to tame this terrible disease.

“We have already vaccinated nearly 1.5 million people across the UK and Moderna’s vaccine will allow us to speed up our vaccination schedule even further once doses are available from the spring.

“As we immunize those most at risk from Covid, I urge everyone to continue to follow the rules to limit cases to protect our loved ones.

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