Covid Vaccines Given Abroad

Posted by: lisaboardman - Posted on:

Latest position from NHS England/Digital regarding vaccines given overseas.

Recording COVID-19 vaccinations administered overseas

We (NHS England) are trialling a new service to capture evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in countries outside of England and have these recorded in the National Immunisation Management System.

Closed pilots are running at selected vaccination centre sites for the next few weeks to test the service. The pilot will involve several eligible users being invited to book a special appointment to have their record updated if they have received one of the 4 MHRA-approved vaccine types: Astra Zeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer (Comirnaty), Janssen or Moderna (Spikevax).

A national rollout involving more sites will then follow supported by training and guidance for staff, online content and 119 assistance for users.

The service should ensure that a larger number of records are updated without a need for GP involvement.

It is being developed to supplement the Vaccine Data Resolution Service, which is helping 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.

What have NHS England/Digital suggested in the meantime?

They have suggested that (patients) best course of action is to see if they can get some sort of proof / statement from the country they were vaccinated in to say they have a fully vaccinated status but as yet we have no way of evidencing it for the NHS App.