NHS Covid Pass
See the NHS website for details of the different ways you can obtain an NHS Covid Pass to prove your vaccination status, e.g. for holidays abroad. Please note this only covers vaccinations given in England but webpage includes links to information for other UK regions, e.g. Wales
If your Covid Pass information is not correct you will need to contact the site who gave your vaccination to ask for correction (we cannot add or amend the national records unless we vaccinated you - please call 119 if you cannot contact your vaccinating site)
Vaccines given outside the UK cannot be added to your Covid Pass
The Government is confident that all NHS administered vaccines will be accepted for international travel - all AstraZeneca vaccines appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria, no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK
- COVID-19 VACCINATION PATIENT INFORMATION
- Adult Vaccination Guide
- Pfizer Vaccine information
- AstraZeneca Vaccine information
- Covid Vaccination and Blood Clotting
- Vaccine Q&A in English & South Asian languages (BBC videos)
- Must Read Information for Women of Childbearing Age
- What to expect after vaccination
- Information on your second vaccination
Covid Vaccination is now available for:
Anyone aged 16 years and over
- Fireclay Health have no vaccination clinics currently planned - see below for alternative vaccination venues
Children aged 12-15
- vaccination already in process for those with specific health conditions or who are household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed (provided by BNSSG specialist clinic not by the practice - see FAQs)
- expected to be provided by the schools vaccination program for healthy 12-15 year olds - community clinics will be available for young people who are unable to attend school-based clinics
Eligible patients can obtain 1st or 2nd dose vaccination from the following locations - age restrictions may apply to some clinics
- National Booking Service - book online or call 119. It will be easier to book if you have your NHS number to hand - find your NHS number here. Local Mass Vaccination Centres include UWE
- attending a local walk-in clinic
Covid Vaccination Boosters
1) JCVI has advised that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose.
This is separate to any potential COVID-19 booster vaccination. There are national recommendations as to who is considered eligible for the third vaccine and General Practices are working with Hospital Specialists locally to identify those who should receive this (those aged 12 and over who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants).
2) It has now been confirmed that booster vaccinations will be offered from 6 months after 2nd dose to eligible groups including anyone aged 50 and over, 16-49yrs at risk and frontline health care workers.
We will NOT be able to offer Covid vaccinations within Flu clinics - please book for Flu vaccination now if eligible and you will be invited separately for Covid vaccination 6 months after your 2nd dose.
We expect to be offering Pfizer vaccine to everyone, including anyone who received AstraZeneca vaccine initially.
If you or your child are eligible for this vaccination, we will aim to contact you when available - please do not contact us unless you are sure you have missed an invitation
We send SMS invitations using a service called AccuBook - sent by 'Fireclay', these texts include an accurx.nhs.uk link to book your appointment online (using Smartphone or by copying link into web browser).
This is a unique link - you can only use it for the person the SMS is addressed to (date of birth confirmation required).
You can use this link to book or decline invitation, including letting us know if you are booked to receive vaccination elsewhere
We supplement this system with emails and phone calls where possible. If necessary please update your details with us to ensure you receive prompt notification of appointment availability.
You may also receive a letter/SMS from the national booking team with an invitation to receive vaccination at a Mass Vaccination Centres - you are welcome to book at whichever location is more convenient.
If you receive an invitation for vaccination that asks for your bank details this is a scam
Covid-19 vaccination is being provided free of charge under the NHS and at no point will you be asked to pay.
A genuine text message from the Government’s secure Notify service will invite you to book online at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119 and will appear as being sent from 'NHSvaccine', Our own text messages appear as sent from 'Fireclay'.
See this Action Fraud alert for more information and action you can take to report a vaccination scam
We have also been alerted of patients receiving phone calls from a company claiming to be the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS), asking for details about their COVID-19 vaccination - we have been advised that this is also likely to be a scam call
Who can and cannot receive vaccination
- The Covid-19 vaccines are safe for people with immune system disorders as they do not contain living organisms
- They do not contain any animal products or egg
- there is no evidence that Covid vaccines affect fertility
If you or your family/friends have concerns about receiving the vaccine, viewing these FAQ videos made by a Bristol GP may help
Under current advice you should not be vaccinated if you:
- have had a positive Covid-19 test in the last 4 weeks
- are generally unwell - try to have it as soon as possible after you have recovered
- are self-isolating, waiting for a COVID-19 test or unsure if you are fit and well
- have had another vaccination (e.g. Flu) in the previous 7 days
- are aged under 16 years of age
- If you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to medicines, vaccines or food you are advised not to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine can be given unless you have had a previous severe allergic reaction to another vaccine
- If you are aged under 30 or have a history of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, acquired or hereditary
thrombophilia, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia or antiphospholipid
syndrome, an alternative vaccine to AstraZeneca is recommended
- If you are aged 16-17 you should receive the Pfizer vaccine - the AstraZeneca & Moderna vaccines are not licensed for under 18's
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Last updated Sept21
- There have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in relation to pregnancy
- Pregnant women with COVID-19 have a higher risk of intensive care admission than women of the same age who are not pregnant. Women with COVID-19 disease are also 2 to 3 times more likely to have their babies early than women without COVID-19. Pregnant women with underlying clinical conditions are at even higher risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19
- based on real world data from Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations in the US, the JCVI now advises (Apr21) that these are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women to receive
- Pregnant women who have already received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine should continue to receive AstraZeneca for their 2nd dose vaccination (unless otherwise contraindicated)
- Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination
- There is no known risk associated with giving non-live vaccines whilst breastfeeding - breastfeeding women may be offered any suitable Covid-19 vaccine
For more information, please see:
- the Royal College website information (16/4/21)
- Must read information for women of childbearing age (23/4/21)
Your second vaccination dose
Two doses of Covid-19 vaccine are advised - without the second dose the immunity gained from your first dose may not be strong enough or last long enough. However even with just one dose the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been estimated to offer 89% effectiveness from two weeks after it is given and the Oxford/AstraZeneca has been estimated to offer 74% effectiveness in the same timeframe.
Except in the circumstances given below your second vaccine dose should be the same vaccine as your first dose - missing the second dose or switching between vaccines is not advised as this may affect the duration of protection.
A rare blood clotting side-effect has been identified with AstraZeneca vaccine but anyone who has had a 1st dose without incident should continue to a 2nd dose. You cannot choose to receive a different 2nd dose vaccine unless there is a clinical contraindication.
For more information on the NHS protocol for second doses see this patient information leaflet produced by BNSSG Healthier Together
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I choose a particular Covid-19 vaccine?
No - when you book into a vaccination clinic you will be given the vaccine we have been supplied for that date.
A rare blood clotting side-effect has been identified with AstraZeneca vaccine with anyone aged under 40 recommended to receive a different vaccine. But if you have had your 1st dose without incident, you should continue to receive your 2nd dose. You cannot choose to receive a different vaccine unless there is a clinical contraindication.
Please see our upcoming vaccination clinic information at the top of this page for vaccine on offer. We would advise reading the patient information for both Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines so you are prepared to consent for either vaccination.
The Moderna vaccine has also been approved for use however we do not expect to receive this.
Can I stop you inviting me for Covid-19 vaccination?
If you wish to DECLINE vaccination, please let us know - we will record this on your notes and will not then invite you again.
If you are booked or received vaccination elsewhere, please let us know - we do not otherwise know that you have booked elsewhere and we do not always get notification that vaccination given.
You can email this information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Vaccinations for under 16's
Vaccination to under 16's is not offered by the practice.
Certain children aged 12-15 years are now eligible for vaccination which will be provided by a BNSSG specialist clinic - this includes those living in a household where someone is immunosuppressed.
The practice has contacted patients where identified - if you believe your child is eligible but you have not been contacted, please contact the practice to ask for an online booking link to be sent by text
I can't get to the surgery, can I have vaccination at home?
We have now completed our housebound Covid vaccination program - we no longer have vaccine stock to provide further vaccinations. We will review and update this information if a Covid booster program is rolled out.
If we do not have you recorded as housebound we would advise you to attend a local walk-in clinic for vaccination.
I am not a registered patient, can I be vaccinated?
- you are currently living away from your usual GP practice and cannot get to a Mass Vaccination Centre - to book you will need to know your NHS Number and Date of Birth
- you are a local resident registered with a private GP - if you are not called by the National Booking Service, you can book directly if you already have an NHS Number or you could register with us to obtain an NHS number
- you are not a usual resident of this country but are currently staying here - without an NHS number you will be unable to use the normal booking system however you can be vaccinated and your vaccination added electronically onto the national system