Monthly Archives: September 2021

Covid Vaccinations not showing on the COVID Passport/NHS App:

We are receiving a large number of incoming calls relating to Covid vaccinations not showing on the NHS App or Covid passport. We have spoken to 119 and they have confirmed the following:

Unfortunately, we (all doctors’ surgeries) do not have access to the National Immunisation Database/Covid passport and are unable to add vaccines to these. We can add this to your local medical record held by us, providing you are able to send in proof of the vaccine you received. This must include your full name, date given, manufacturer of the vaccine, batch number and left/right arm. Any vaccines entered by us that were not administered in our vaccination centre, will not be reflected in the NHS App/Covid Passport.

If you had a vaccine outside of England, you will only be able to add this to your local medical record by us. This is not currently authorised to show on the NHS England App/Covid Passport.

If you had the vaccine in England and it is not showing on the NHS App/Covid passport you need to call 119 and the process will be as follows:

  • All pts can call 119, press 1 to speak to an English speaking advisor – They will need to provide their full name, DOB, NHS number, address and registered GP surgery name and address.
  • If they have their vaccination card, they can provide all the vaccination details (where it was administered, batch number etc.) this will then be sent over to the data resolution services who will contact patient within 5 days. When they call patient the number shown will be 0186 981 7119, they will attempt to contact the patient 3 times. If they are unsuccessful in reaching the patient they will close the case and the patient will need to start the process again.
  • If they do not have their vaccination card, 119 will submit a form and send to data resolution services but there is no time length given as to when they will contact the patient or how long it will take to investigate. It is also not guaranteed that a Covid vaccination will be added to the National Immunisation Database/Covid passport. If there is no proof such as the patient showing in the booking system for the time/date the patient has stated, no vaccine will be added.

We kindly ask that you follow the above process, as we are only able to help with queries related to patients who were administered the vaccine by Unity Health. If you are a Unity Health patient who received the vaccine outside of England, please forward the vaccination documents to Charli at our Princes Risborough Surgery and she will add these to your local medial record.

Flu Vaccinations and COVID Boosters

We have received our first delivery of the adult flu vaccinations (fortunately we were not impacted by the manufacturer’s delay) and have scheduled over 3000 appointments throughout September. We have a few appointments left in Thame on Saturday 18th Sept and Princes Risborough on Wed 29th September. Please try to book on-line through patient access where possible. Where possible we will also try to give any eligible patients the pneumonia and shingles vaccine. We will have another delivery during October but the date has not yet been confirmed.

Patients eligible are anyone aged over 50 and anyone aged under 18-50 but with an underlying health condition. Patients aged 2 and 3 and anyone aged under 18 with an underlying health condition will be offered a different flu vaccine (the nasal vaccine); we do not have these yet but will schedule separate clinics as soon as we receive these vaccines.

The government has just announced that the covid booster programme will go ahead in the Autumn. This will be for everyone aged over 50 and those 18 to 50 with an underlying health condition and everyone, unless clinically indicated otherwise, will receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (dependent on what is supplied to us) regardless of which vaccine was given for the first two doses. They have also confirmed that the booster dose needs to be given 6 months after the second dose. They also confirmed that the two vaccines can be given together but that this may well not happen since the supply of the covid and flu vaccine from the suppliers might not coincide. If they don’t coincide then patients need a 7 day gap between the two vaccines. We gave some first dose covid vaccines to our patients from the 21st December but the main programme started from early January onwards. We are, therefore, planning the booster programme will start as early in October as possible (dependent on covid vaccine supply) and we will contact patients as soon as appointments are available to book. The bulk of our flu vaccines will be completed during September so we are anticipating the majority of the covid vaccination appointments will be just for covid vaccination. Please do continue to attend your flu vaccination appointment if you already have one booked. We are in the process of finalising plans for housebound patients to start early October and will try to give both covid booster and flu vaccine at the same time, where possible. We will provide updates on our website and Facebook page as we received further information from NHSE.