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Following the announcement by the JCVI on 29th November, that all adults over the age of 18 will be offered a Covid Booster jab 3 months after their second dose, we are waiting for more operational details so that we can plan how to vaccinate the local community as quickly and safely as possible. More details will be added to this website as soon as we have them. Please DO NOT phone the surgery to make enquiries, we will contact you when it is your turn. Thank you.

NHS App & Online Services

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You can now prove your COVID-19 vaccination status

  • when travelling abroad, and
  • when attending large/mass gatherings within the UK, such as football matches and other sporting events, concerts, nightclubs etc


You can do this via the NHS App, which you can access through a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, or a computer.


An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your “COVID-19 status”.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/


If you're aged 16 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad.

If you're aged 18 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic events.

The NHS COVID Pass is not available for children under the age of 16.
Children under the age of 18 do not need to show a COVID Pass to get into venues in England.

There are other “digital” ways to prove your vaccination status, without needing either a smartphone or the NHS App, if you so wish:

You can view and download your COVID-19 vaccination status online
https://covid-status.service.nhsx.nhs.uk/ 

If you've had:

• a vaccine used in the UK – your pass lasts for 30 days, but the 30-day period refreshes every time you log in
• a negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test – your pass is valid for 48 hours after a negative result
• a positive PCR test – your pass lasts 30 days, but the 30-day period refreshes every time you log in (for up to 180 days after you took the test)

If you download your COVID Pass as a PDF, always check the expiry date before using it.

If you're fully vaccinated or had a positive test result, the barcode on a PDF is valid for 30 days.

“Non-digital”


• You can call 119 and ask for a letter with your COVID-19 vaccination status to be posted to you, or
• You can request the COVID Pass letter online
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter/ 

This is also known as a COVID-19 post vaccination letter.
The paper version does not have an expiry date.

This shows you've been vaccinated against COVID-19.
It does not show COVID-19 test results.

You can ask for a letter after having your 2nd dose of the vaccine, or after a single-dose Janssen vaccine.
This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine.
Expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.

Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status.
GPs CANNOT provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
They will not be accepted as proof of vaccination.

The NHS App is easy to use:

• You do not need to contact your surgery to download, install, self-register, and start using the NHS App
• You do not need to contact your surgery to enable seeing your
COVID-19 vaccinations within the app
• You can download your COVID-19 vaccination details as a pdf, including a QR code, or have it sent to you by email

You can use the NHS App, without ever downloading your COVID-19 vaccination details, and only for GP online services.
You can go online to request your vaccination status, or ring 119, as above, instead.

By default, the NHS App will now show you:

• your COVID-19 vaccination history
• your COVID-19 lateral flow test and PCR test history
• your allergies and medication ("core summary care record")
• your NHS number


It will by default:

  • allow you to book appointments online (when available)
  • allow you to request repeat medication
  • allow you to update your contact details (mobile, phone number etc)
  • allow you to register your organ donation decision
  • allow you to set your National Data Opt Out (see below)
  • provide you with general health advice
  • help you get advice about coronavirus

And, if you specifically request it (this is the only time that you will need to contact your GP surgery regarding the NHS App):

  • securely view your detailed electronic GP record
  • so allowing you to check the results of any blood tests or x-rays requested by your GP, download them, print them off at home, take them to hospital appointments etc.
  • and allow you to show your GP record to any healthcare professional providing you with medical care - anywhere in the world

Our Online Access Registration Form (aged 16+)
(if you want access to your detailed GP medical record, and/or wish to use an alternative online access app)

If you are looking to enable online access for someone under the age of 16, or as a "proxy" on behalf of someone aged 16+, then please do ask at one of our three surgery sites for information on how to do this.



The NHS App also (and by default) allows you to:

• set your National Data Opt Out preference

which determines how organisations (at present, principally NHS Digital) can use and disseminate information that they already hold about you.

Information about the National Data Opt Out (and links to further information) can be found on our website:

Please note that setting your National Data Opt Out will not prohibit the extraction and uploading of your GP record to NHS Digital as part of the forthcoming General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) project.

The GPDPR project has been delayed – but not cancelled.
You can continue to opt-out of this, now, if you so wish.

To prohibit the use of your personal information in this wayyou need to register a Type 1 opt-out at the surgery.



If you would like any further information about the NHS App, COVID-19 vaccination certificates, secure online records access, the National Data Opt Out, Type 1 opt-outs, GPDPR, or any other aspect of data sharing/privacy/confidentiality of your GP records, then please contact the surgery's Caldicott Guardian and Data Protection Officer:

Dr Neil Bhatia 
Neil.Bhatia@nhs.net



 
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