Lancashire: New overseas COVID-19 vaccination registration service rolling out

A NEW NHS service that captures evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations that have been administered overseas is being rolled out in Lancashire.

The service, available to all Lancashire residents, works by logging data into the National Immunization Management System (NIMS), which updates the NHS COVID-19 Pass.

Following a successful pilot project, the service is now operational and available at vaccination centers in Burnley, Preston and Lancaster.

The service will register vaccines given overseas that are the same types of vaccines used in England, as approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), including:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Community)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • Modern (Spikevax)
  • India Institute (Covishield)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
  • SinoVac (CoronaVac)
  • Beijing Biological Products Institute (Sinopharm BIBP)

Available via www.healthierlsc.co.uk/overseasvac or by calling 119, eligible people can make an appointment in person at their convenience to have their file updated.

Jane Scattergood, Lead Clinician for the COVID-19 Immunization Program in Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “We are delighted to welcome the roll-out of this new service to our area which will enable those who have been vaccinated to abroad to have their NHS medical records securely updated.

“This update gives people another way to ensure their vaccination status is correctly recorded, regardless of the country in which they were vaccinated. Summer is fast approaching and a fully up-to-date vaccination record will allow easy access to COVID-19. passports to help when traveling.

“Anyone who cannot have their COVID-19 vaccination registered overseas is still eligible and can still access subsequent doses of a vaccine by visiting a walk-in vaccination site.”

Further information on the specific locations offering the service, and details of what is required as proof to allow records to be updated, will be provided at the time of booking and confirmation.

Assistance is also available by telephone via 119 to indicate the service or to help with reservations.

In-person appointments are required to ensure evidence is validated against photo identification.

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