Police Scotland are urging the public to be vigilant following a report, that a woman attended the home of an elderly resident In Kelso yesterday claiming that she was there to give her the COVID vaccination. On being asked for ID, she said she had none and was refused entry and left the property.

The woman is described as roughly 30-40 years old, dark hair in a pony tail, light blue puffer jacket, dark blue trousers and top, light coloured trainers and wearing PPE type apron beneath her jacket.

NHS will NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine, please call us immediately on 999 if this happens.

Please make elderly / vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours aware of this.

As the COVID-19 vaccination programme continues, there have been several reports that scammers are sending messages or phoning and claiming to be from the NHS, telling people that they are eligible to apply for their vaccine. The messages ask the recipient to click on a link leading to an online form which looks similar to the real NHS website, where they are asked for personal and financial details.

There have also been extremely concerning reports of scammers posing as NHS staff who have administered fake vaccines to elderly people in their homes. One fraudster charged a 92-year-old woman £160 to receive a fake vaccination and subsequently returned to her house to demand a further payment.

The COVID-19 vaccination is free. The NHS will NEVER ask for your bank details or for a payment and they will not ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as passports.

They will NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.

If you are offered the vaccine at a price, it could be fake, stolen or non-existent.

NHS Scotland advise that your local health board will be in touch with you to arrange your vaccination appointment when you are eligible. If you are unsure about a message you have received in relation to COVID-19, call the national helpline on 0800 030 8013. Find more information about the delivery of the vaccine in Scotland at https://www.nhsinform.scot/