James Martin fears he’s been mistakenly ‘struck off’ NHS records amid Covid jab issue

James Martin discusses problems getting his coronavirus vaccine

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James Martin, 48, is among the age group that are currently being vaccinated against coronavirus, but the ITV chef admitted he’s run into some problems and therefore hasn’t been contacted for his yet. As stated on the NHS website at time of writing, all over 40s can book in for their vaccinations as well as those considered vulnerable and are at higher risk of contracting the virus.

I’ve got two medicals this week and I’m still trying to get my jab

James Martin

But during an appearance on pal Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio show, James revealed he hasn’t been able to book one because he believes he’s been accidentally “struck off” NHS records.

“What’s the regime Covid test wise?” Chris asked on Tuesday morning.

James replied: “I’ve got two medicals this week and I’m still trying to get my jab…”

Chris interrupted, sounding confused: “You haven’t got you jab?!”

The cook shook his head: “No, the NHS think I don’t exist,” he joked.

“So we’re trying to figure out where I am in the system.”

The radio DJ admitted he too, had a similar issue with being invited to receive the vaccination and it was down to an issue with his national health number.

The NHS number is your unique 10 digit number which the health service state you don’t need to know in order to book a coronavirus vaccine (if you’ve been invited).

“We found it in the end but if you haven’t used it for a while…” he wondered whether that was what was causing James’ issues.

James insisted: “No, mine is [around] but apparently if you haven’t used it for 20-odd years… which, I think, is a good thing?”

Agreeing, chris nodded: “It is a very good thing!”

James continued: “Well, because of that are you striked off or whatever?”

Chris explained that if he’s still having problems further down the line, the NHS have pop-up walk in places which offer spare doses that are available to those unable to book an appointment but fall into the criteria for vaccinations.

“We could probably find you one,” he encouraged, hoping to help his friend out.

James thanked him, saying: “We’re getting there, I spent about three hours on the phone the other day, so we’re getting there!” he laughed.

The NHS website also makes it clear that those who are not yet eligible for their jab must wait to be contacted.

It reads: “The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.”

The Chris Evans Breakast Show airs weekdays at 6:30am on Virgin Radio.

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