General Covid Vaccination Information

Guidance for Patients who have had Covid vaccines outside of the UK

If you are coming to the UK from abroad and have already had either a partial or full course of covid vaccination in another country, you may need a further vaccine once you arrive in the UK.  

This will depend on which vaccine you have received.  In all cases, please ensure that there has been 8 weeks or more between the last vaccine given abroad before you attend a vaccination centre in the UK. 

If you have had a full course of any of the following vaccines you do not need a further vaccine on arrival to the UK:

  • AstraZeneca/Vaxzeveria (2 doses)
  • *Pfizer/BioNTech (2 doses)
  • Institute of India/Covishield (2 doses)
  • Moderna (2 doses)
  • Novavax (2 doses)
  • Janessen/Johnson&Johnson (single dose)
  • Gamelaya National Centre of Epidemiology & Microbiology/Sputnik V (2 doses)

If you have had a incomplete course of any of the above, please book via the NHS booking site

If you have had one or two doses of any of the following vaccines, you will require a further vaccine. Please attend a covid vaccination clinic for a further vaccine on arrival to the UK and book via the NHS booking site

  • *Sinopharm
  • Sinovac/CoronaVac
  • Gamelaya National Centre of Epidemiology & Microbiology/Sputnik Light
  • CanSino Biologics/Convidencia
  • Bharat Biotech/Covaxin

*If you have had three doses of Sinopharm, you do not need any further vaccine in the UK.

Important: We cannot add covid vaccines from overseas to the NHS App (covid passport). The NHS App will only show covid vaccinations given in the UK.  

You can find further information about the Covid-19 and the vaccination programme here.

NHS App and overseas vaccines not showing

If you have had your covid vaccine(s) overseas, please note that it is not possible for us to record details in such a way that they will appear on the NHS app. We can only update a patient’s GP record. 

If you would like your overseas vaccines to appear on your NHS App, you will need to book an appointment to show evidence for any covid vaccine you have had outside of England so the NHS can securely update your vaccination record.  This is the only way vaccines outside of England and those given overseas can be added so they appear on the NHS App.  

Passport name not matching covid passport (on the NHS App)

We are being asked by patients to change their name on their GP records to match their passport.  This is because usually they have changed their name but only informed either the passport office or the surgery and not both. 

We can do this on your GP records, but the automatic update this triggers to the central NHS databased that links your covid passport may take a few days.  This is out of our control. 

The covid passport does note show your middle name.  We are therefore unable to add middle names to your covid passport.  You need to take this up with the consulate or embassy of the country you are travelling to. 

You can either email a clear photo of your passport showing the exact name to [email protected] or come into the medical centre in person for reception to verify your passport details.  If you choose to send this via email, please be advised that this is unsecured and done so at your own risk.

You must understand that for a while your GP records will be out of sync with hospital records and prescriptions until the automatic links are updated externally. 

We will try and do this within a few (working) days of asking, but this can not take precedence over urgent medical tasks.