The NHS is advising anyone who received one or more of their COVID-19 vaccinations outside of England that they need to book an appointment to make sure that their vaccines show on their records.
COVID-19 vaccinations received in another country do not automatically show on an individual’s medical records or in their NHS App, which is used to create a COVID pass. For records to be updated, people need to book an appointment with an overseas vaccination validation service.
This service has been available in Chichester since early 2022 and is now available in Brighton & Hove.
A spokesperson for the Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Service said: “To be able to show evidence of vaccinations received overseas, the NHS needs to update your vaccination record.
“To do this, you will need to book an appointment to show evidence for coronavirus vaccinations received outside of England. The NHS team can then check this and update your records and the national system. This will then allow you to download an NHS COVID pass when needed.”
This service is now available to book at Churchill Square vaccination centre in Brighton & Hove and Northgate vaccination centre in Chichester, which are both run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. It is also available at other locations around the country. People must have an appointment for this service, it is not possible to walk-in.
People will need to bring their NHS number, photographic identification (for example, a passport) and evidence of any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations received outside of England, such as a vaccination card, certificate or email confirmation. If staff cannot confirm identity or vaccination documentation, they will be unable to update the medical record.
This service is available to all adults and to children aged 5 years old or over who have received one of these vaccines outside of England:
Please note, it can take up to 10 working days for your records to be updated.
The spokesperson continued:
“We know there are people who have received their vaccine outside of this country but now need evidence of their jabs for travel or other reasons.
“We are delighted to be able to open a second service for people in and around Sussex so that they can get an appointment closer to home. We hope this makes this as easy as possible for those who need our help to make sure their records are up to date.”
Read more about the service: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/tell-nhs-about-coronavirus-vaccinations-abroad/