Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “It is appalling that the good work of all those involved in the vaccination programme across Greater Glasgow and Clyde is being used for the purposes of a scam.
“So far many thousands of health care staff, care home staff and residents and people over 80 years of age within NHS have received the first dose of the vaccine, and from this week people aged between 70 and 79, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, have begun to receive an invitation to be vaccinated.
“We would like to remind people that the only members of the public in GGC currently receiving invitation letters for their vaccination are those aged 70-74 years.
“People aged 75-79, and 80 and over, and individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable are being contacted by their local GP or Health and Social Care Partnership with details of when and where they will receive their vaccination.
“In addition, frontline health and social care staff will be contacted about their vaccination through internal staff channels. If they have any concerns they should speak to their line manager or contact their HR department.
“We would like to remind people that we will never invite you for your vaccination by email or social media message. If you are contacted in this way, it is not a real invitation and you should not click on any links. If you receive a phone call and you are not sure that it is from the NHS or your GP, then hang up.
“If anyone ever asks for your bank details, or any other financial information, it will not be your GP or the NHS.”