It’s not alphabetical, there are a couple of ways. The GP practice has a list of all their patients who are registered with them. We are using different methods of contacting patients. We have a system called accuBook whereby we send a text message to the patient who is invited to either log onto a website or to click the link to organise their appointment. For those patients who don’t have a mobile phone or a Smart mobile phone we are contacting them via a call centre that we have set up. How practices upload their lists will be different amongst different practices, we have 38 different practices across the city.
At the moment, the vaccines are coming into the city and they go directly to specific sites and that’s something we don’t have any control over so there will be different sites putting on clinics at different times. Some practices are uploading their lists slightly quicker than others but what we will say is that all patients will be invited within a couple of weeks of each other within the same household. It’s difficult to give an exact answer as every practice will do it slightly differently but it’s not alphabetical. It depends on how the practice has everyone recorded on their system.
We are inviting in terms of the cohort, so over 80’s invited first then over 75’s, then over 70’s then clinically extremely vulnerable. After that 65-69 year olds and then those patients on that high risk group. It is fair to all.