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Covid-19 Vaccination

Who Can Get Vaccinated

  • Children and young people aged 12 to 17 are offered one dose of the vaccine.
  • People aged 18 and over (or turning 18 within 3 months) are offered 2 doses
  • you're at high risk from COVID-19(clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you're a frontline health or social care worker
  • you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you're a carer

When you book you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are recommended for you based on your age, any underlying health conditions, and whether you're pregnant. If you are pregnant it is advisable you have the Pfizer vaccine please contact your GP surgery to arrange this.

Booking Covid-19 Vaccination

You need to:

  • have 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at 2 appointments or 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine
  • get the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after getting your 1st dose

If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you should wait 4 weeks from the date you had the test before you book an appointment.

Book your vaccine using the national booking system or by calling 119 or using the text message booking link received from GP surgery. If you had 1st dose vaccination abroad please see the section below.

If you are eligible for a vaccination aged 16 and over you do not need to wait to be contacted by the GP surgery to book your vaccination you can use the national booking system to book at a large vaccination centre or a pharmacy.

Rescheduling an Appointment

To reschedule a booked appointment at large vaccination centres, pharmacy or at hospitals use the national booking system or by calling 119. 

For appointments booked using the GP surgery booking link please contact the surgery to resend the invitation or call 119.

COVID Pass/Covid-19 Vaccination Certification

COVID-19 vaccination status/NHS COVID Pass is available if you:

  • have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine (a full course is currently 2 doses of any approved vaccine)
  • are aged 16 or over

You can access your NHS COVID Pass 2 weeks after having a full course of the vaccine.

Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:

  •  NHS App which you can download from app stores - available from 14 May (Contact GP surgery for your NHS number and to send you the linkage key details by email.)
  • NHS website
  • Call  Covid helpline - 119

For COVID Passes and vaccination status in other parts of the UK


If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 5 working days for the letter to arrive. The letter will be sent to the address registered with the GP. If you have recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to the GP practice before requesting a letter.

The GP practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

Clinical Trial Participants

If you were vaccinated as part of an official clinical trial in England, you should have received a letter confirming this. The letter explains that your COVID-19 status is “fully vaccinated”.

If you have not received a letter, contact your clinical trial site.

Had Vaccination Abroad ?

If you received vaccination abroad please provide the details to your GP surgery to update your health record.

If you only received first dose abroad we will book you in for your second dose. When you attend your second dose appointment please ensure to take the first dose vaccination record with you and advise the vaccinator that this is your second dose so that they can record it accurately.

If you had a vaccine other than pfizer, Moderna or Oxford- AstraZeneca we will need to get advice from the NHS England Vaccination Team on how to proceed.

Unable to View COVID Pass ?

For people aged 16+ administered 2 doses from England -  If you are unable to view your COVID Pass on the NHS App  after registering with the linkage key and its been more than 2 weeks from your appointment date contact Covid helpline on 119 or 020 7364 3285 or online via NHS App Contact us

COVID Pass for vaccinations received abroad : From Tuesday the 17 August 2021 the 119 team have a new service which is designed to help people access a COVID pass when they have had one or both COVID vaccinations abroad. Patients should call 119 and explain that they need the Advice & Guidance desk.

Why do I keep getting text reminders when I have had the vaccination already?

There might be a delay from when you have your vaccine and us being informed which may mean a text message is sent after you have already had your jab. Please kindly inform us  via the booking link selecting the most suitable option with a note. This will disable any future covid vaccine invite sent to you.