Covid Vaccinations

How do i get a Covid-19 vaccination?

Staffa Health are working together with 8 other local GP practices to vaccinate our patients against Covid-19. Our vaccination centre is located at Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross.

When you become eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination you will be sent a text message which will allow you to book an appointment. Please do not attend the centre without an appointment.

Patients that do not have a mobile phone or who cannot use the online booking facility may contact the practice and our reception staff will book your appointment.

Demonstrating Covid Vaccination Status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine.

There are 3 options to demonstrate COVID-19 status: via the NHS App (if you have full access to the App and are registered at a GP surgery), through NHS.UK and by letter from the 119 telephone service

You do not need to contact your GP surgery to register with the NHS App. All you need to do is download the App and upload your ID. Your identity will be verified by the NHS App team and you will then be given access to the services. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.

You can use the NHS App to order prescriptions and book appointments as well as view your Covid vaccination status.

A quick guide of how to register with the NHS app is available here: https://youtu.be/Q0SCcLtw8JA

If you cannot access these online services, and you have had two vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than five working days ago. It may take seven working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you’re planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

What if i had my vaccinations abroad?

This guidance from Public Health England summarises the status of a variety of vaccines available in the UK and overseas. This includes clinical guidance on whether an individual needs further doses in England and if so, which type of vaccine is recommended to complete the course. It is not recommended that vaccine courses are repeated just so that individuals can be included in the NHS COVID-19 Pass. Extra doses which are not required from a clinical perspective may lead to increased side effects.

If someone has had their first dose outside of the UK, in England they should be directed to a walk-in clinic which administers the same brand of vaccine they have had for their first dose, or a GP practice (especially if they have had a brand of vaccine not available in the UK) to arrange their second dose.

Currently there is not a central mechanism for capturing details of overseas COVID-19 vaccines for the NHS COVID-19 Pass, and only vaccines delivered in the UK can be accepted as evidence for UK COVID-19 certification/ the NHS COVID-19 Pass.

A technical solution to support the recording of vaccinations overseas in the NHS immunisation management service (NIMS) is in development, and we will provide an update as soon as possible. 

Patients that have had a vaccination overseas can submit proof of their vaccinations to us via email ([email protected]) and we can record this in the usual clinical notes section of the patient’s GP record. This will not be reflected in the NHS App / NHS COVID-19 Pass however.

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