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Download the NHS COVID-19 app
The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination records or test COVID-19 status in a secure way. It allows you to show others the details of your COVID-19 vaccine (or vaccines) when travelling abroad to some countries or territories.
COVID-19 vaccination status is available to people who live in England. You can get your vaccination status in digital or paper format. You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and require a COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
More information available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-covid-pass
Visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for more information with regards to travelling abroad.
We appreciate that this is a confusing situation.
Currently, it is not possible for us to record details of COVID vaccines in such a way that it will appear on the NHS app. The vaccine information which appears on the NHS App is taken from the IT systems used in the vaccine centres around the country, not a patient’s GP records. If you did have the vaccine through ourselves at Victoria Medical Centre and it is not showing on the NHS app please get in touch so we can resolve this for you.
If you have had a vaccine in the UK through another provider and it is not showing on the NHS App, it’s likely that there has been some kind of problem at the vaccine clinic. Either it was not entered correctly onto the IT system, or the IT system has failed to upload it onto the NHS App. If you are in this situation, please contact the centre where you received your COVID vaccine or the VDRS. The Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS) aims to resolve missing or incorrect vaccination records for people vaccinated in England who have a current NHS number and are registered with a GP practice in England. This can be accessed by calling 119 and asking to be referred to the Vaccine Data Resolution Service. The VDRS team will then call you back within 5 working days.
If you received either one or both of your vaccine doses outside of the UK, we can enter this onto your GP record. It would be useful for us to have this information on your health records, and you can send it to us by submitting an eConsultation asking for administrative help on our website. You can attach a photo of any documents you have relating to the vaccine (including the manufacturer and the date it was given). However, this information that we enter will not appear on the NHS app.
15th February 2022 - A new service to speed up vaccine passports for people who had their COVID-19 vaccination outside of England has been launched in the region.
If a person (aged 16 years or over) has received a COVID-19 vaccination in another country they can now book an appointment to have their vaccine status added to their NHS records. The clinic has been set up at the NHS Nightingale North East Centre so that adults can show evidence of any COVID-19 vaccinations received outside of England.
People must attend in person with their paperwork. The service is not available for those under 16. Those aged between 16 and 17 years of age will not be required to have a parent, carer, or guardian attend the appointment with them. People are being asked to book an appointment by searching ‘registering vaccinations abroad’ Tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you’ve had abroad – www.nhs.uk or by calling 119.
Booked appointments will be offered at the below times:
Monday and Tuesdays 12-4pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 4-7pm and Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm
The following approved vaccines are those that can be added to the NHS record.
Oxford/ AstraZeneca (Vaxzervria), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) or Moderna (Spikevax).
The Overseas Vaccination Resolution Service is currently not able to update CoviShield.
Any queries regarding this issue need to be directed to NHS 119 or to NHS App Support rather than the GP Practice. We are sorry but we are unable to help with this.
14th December 2021
Yesterday, the NHS COVID pass was rolled out to 12 to 15 year olds for international travel, allowing even more people to be able to prove their vaccination status.
Children in England who have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccination are now eligible for an NHS COVID Pass letter for travel from Monday 13 December.
This will allow those children who have had both doses of an approved vaccine to travel to countries, including Spain and Canada, which now require 12 to 15 year olds to be fully vaccinated in order to gain entry, avoid isolation, or access venues or services.
Proof of vaccination will initially be provided via a letter service including an internationally recognised 2D barcode, with a digital solution via NHS.UK to be rolled out early next year. The letter service can be accessed by calling 119 or via NHS.UK.
Health and Social Care secretary Sajid Javid said:
From today, I can confirm the NHS COVID Pass is being rolled out to 12 to 15 year olds for international travel, allowing even more people to be able to prove their vaccination status for travel where it’s needed.
The move will enable families to plan holidays in 2022 with greater confidence, as parents can be reassured they will be able to evidence their child’s vaccination status once they have had both doses of the vaccine.
It can take up to 7 days to receive a COVID Pass letter.
Children will remain exempt from domestic certification policy in England and will not require an NHS COVID Pass to gain entry to venues.
Chief Executive of NHSX, Matthew Gould, said:
This is another example of the NHS COVID Pass service responding to the changing situation, while maintaining the integrity of the NHS COVID Pass itself.
The vaccination programme will be extended to offer all children aged 12 to 15 a second dose of an approved vaccine no sooner than 12 weeks after the first dose following the government’s acceptance of JCVI advice on 29 November.
In the last year the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has delivered over 100 million life-saving doses, preventing at least 24 million infections, hundreds of thousands of hospitalisations and almost 130,000 deaths.
A veteran is anyone who has served for at least one day in the Armed Forces, whether regular or reserve. It means the same as ‘ex service personnel’ or ‘ex-forces’.
Whilst many aspects of the health needs of veterans are the same as for the general public, there are sometimes significant differences, particularly in relation to conditions attributable to service life and the impact upon families. These differences can be reflected in the way in which healthcare is delivered, the range and types of some specific services provided and the long-term impact upon patients and families.
If you’re in the Armed Forces or are a veteran let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care. For information on how the NHS can help you follow the link: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/military-healthcare/