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PATIENT INFORMATION: COVID-19 ‘PASSPORT’ UPDATE

Today (28/4/21) Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that the NHS App will be used as a ‘Covid passport/digital health certificate’ to prove whether people have had a COVID vaccination, or tested negative for Coronavirus, before travelling abroad.

He added that work is underway for this system to be ‘internationally recognised’.

Our practices continue to receive a number of enquiries from patients regarding the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination card as a ‘Covid passport’ with patients contacting us regarding misplaced/lost cards and concerns that the card may be important for travel abroad.

We would like to reassure all our patients that the COVID-19 vaccination cards do not contain personal information relating to the individual patient: quite simply anyone could write/amend the details. The card only contains space for the vaccine name, batch and date. The card does not contain secure, patient details. If patients have been vaccinated, all details are contained on their individual medical records.

Patients may wish to download the NHS App which enables you to access your digital medical record – including details of immunisations such as the Covid-19 vaccination – as well as offering health advice and allowing you to order repeat prescriptions. Alternatively, if you have registered for Patient Access, you will also be able to view your medical records.

Any patient still wishing to receive a COVID-19 vaccination card when they attend their vaccine appointment will be given one. For those who may have lost their card, or did not receive one at their appointment, please be assured that all details of your immunisations are contained on your personal, medical records.