COVID-19 Vaccinations

Non-urgent advice: Notice

Everyone aged 16+ are now eligible for the booster vaccination. These are available from 91 days after your second dose.

We have a lot of upcoming clinics available, click the the link below to find out more.

The NHS COVID Pass

The NHS COVID pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. You may be asked to show your pass to get into some events in England, or to travel abroad – always check the entry requirements for the venue or the country you’re visiting.

Visit the NHS app or NHS website to access your NHS COVID Pass.

If you do not have access to these online methods, then you can request a letter to be sent to you via the online service or by calling 119.

Please note that as a GP practice, we cannot provide letters regarding your vaccination status or recent test results.

You can access the NHS COVID Pass using your vaccination status if you have been fully vaccinated in the UK. If you were vaccinated in Scotland or Wales, you need to be registered with a GP in England. Different regions in the UK also have their own vaccination status services:

Vaccinated Overseas

If you have had one or more of your COVID-19 vaccinations administered overseas, you can have your vaccination details added to your NHS record. You can then generate an NHS COVID Pass if you:

  • are registered with a GP in England
  • are over 18
  • have received one or more of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen.

If you meet these requirements then you can book an appointment to update your vaccination records at a local vaccination centre. Please note that there are currently a limited number of sites offering these appointments. This means there may not be appointments available in your area at the moment. More appointments will become available over time.

If you cannot access the pass and you need it to travel, then please access the foreign travel advice information on the gov.uk website: Foreign travel advice – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or contact the airline you will be flying with.

Digital COVID Pass – Travel abroad

What you need to get a passWhen you can get a pass
Fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine used in the UKUsually within 24 hours of having your vaccination – however it can take up to 5 days for your records to be updated
Positive NHS PCR test within the past 6 monthsAfter you’ve finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test

This applies to NHS tests sent by post, or done at walk-in sites, drive-through sites or hospitals.
It does not apply to tests done for scientific research or tests by private companies, for example for travel. You cannot get an NHS COVID Pass on the basis of an antibody test.

Digital COVID Pass – Domestic events

What you need to get a passWhen you can get a pass
To be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine used in the UK2 weeks after you’re fully vaccinated
Negative NHS PCR test or rapid lateral flow test within the past 48 hoursAs soon as you get your result

If you did a rapid lateral flow test at home you need to report the result first. Find out how to report a rapid lateral flow test result
Part of an official vaccine trial in England or WalesContact your clinical trial site if you cannot access your domestic NHS COVID Pass.
Confirmed medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination or testingAvailable once a doctor, clinician or midwife has approved your exemption application.

If you’re aged 16 or over, you will be able to access your digital NHS COVID Pass for travel. People under 16 may need to show a negative test result. If you’re 18 or over, you can use your digital NHS COVID Pass for domestic events and venues. People under 18 do not have to show proof of their vaccination or test results for domestic events or venues in England.

You can also access your vaccination status via the myGP and Patient Access apps – please note that this will not be accepted for events or travel and you will need to have access to the vaccination and immunisation section of your medical records.

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

If you were vaccinated as part of an official clinical trial in England or Wales, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic events and venues.

You’ll be able to get an NHS COVID Pass for travel soon. Some people already can, it depends if your clinical trial site has put your vaccination information on the NHS vaccine database.

If you cannot get an NHS COVID Pass, contact your clinical trial site.

Medical Exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination

You can apply for a medical exemption if you cannot get vaccinated or tested for medical reasons.

You’ll be able to get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic events and venues when your medical exemption is confirmed.

Find out who can apply and how to apply for a medical exemption.

UK armed forces

Members of the UK armed forces need to visit the ‘My health care hub’ on the Defence Gateway (login required) to find out how to get their NHS COVID Pass.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the COVID-19 vaccination clinics being held?

We are holding clinics at Lancaster Town Hall and Lower Ground Lancaster University Student Union space accessed on the rear of the library via Library Avenue, located on the main Lancaster University campus

When will I be eligible for the vaccination?

We are following rules outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on which groups should receive their vaccinations first. Currently, everyone aged 12+ is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.

When will I be invited for my second vaccination?

The current advice is that everyone should receive their second dose of the vaccine within 8 – 12 weeks of their first, furthermore the guidance is clear that having your second vaccination before 8 weeks is potentially less effective. We will contact you to invite you for this appointment in the same way in which you were invited for your first vaccination – this will be 1 – 2 weeks before your appointment.

Please be aware that we are unable to offer an appointment immediately after your first vaccination due to the uncertainty of vaccine deliveries.

If you know you will not be in Lancaster for your second vaccination, we advise that you seek to be vaccinated in the location you will be 8 weeks from your first dose.

When can I get the booster dose?

Everyone aged 16+ are now eligible for the booster vaccination 3 months after their second dose. If you are eligible you can book via the invitation you have received, or we are also offering walk-ins at our clinics – meaning you do not need to have an appointment. Please be advised that depending on how busy these clinics are, there may be a short wait. Click here for our upcoming clinic dates.

How will I be contacted to be invited to book an appointment?

If we have a mobile number for you on our records then you will receive a text from which you can follow a link to book into an appointment. Alternatively, if we do not have a mobile number for you on our records then we will call you to invite you to book an appointment.

I think I should be eligible for the vaccination but I have not been invited yet

If you fall into one of the currently eligible categories but have not yet been invited to book an appointment, please contact us on 01524 842200 and choose option 3 when prompted to speak to one of our team managing the vaccination programme.

I previously declined the invitation to have the vaccine, but now I would like to have it – how do I book an appointment?

If you have previously declined, missed or not received an invitation, please contact us on 01524 842200 to book an appointment or attend one of our walk-in clinics (no appointment needed).

We want to reassure patients that the risks with the AstraZeneca vaccine are extremely low and for the vast majority of people the benefits of vaccination greatly outweigh the risks.

There is a helpful information leaflet that has been produced by Public Health England, this can be accessed here.

For patients who have questions about their second dose of AstraZeneca; The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) state that ‘all those who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should continue to be offered a second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of age’. There are specific patients who should take clinical advice before receiving a second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – primarily patients with a history of thrombosis or who have experienced thrombosis after vaccination (with any COVID-19 vaccine).

How do I know that the invitation is not a scam?

Below are two examples of what the text invitation may look like:

Please be aware that even if you are registered with Queen Square Medical Practice, the invitation will come from Lancaster Medical Practice. Additionally, please note that Lancaster Medical Practice as well as all NHS organisations will NEVER ask for any banking information, passwords or PIN numbers. If you think you have received a false invitation, you can report it using Action Fraud.

I don’t know if my contact details are up to date

If you think that we may have an outdated phone number for you, please either ring the practice on 01524 842200 or fill in our form by clicking the link below. Please note that this is for Lancaster Medical Practice patients only.