NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme

NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme


How to get your NHS COVID Pass

There are different ways to get a COVID Pass.

Get a digital version

You can get a digital version using the NHS App or NHS website. You can download it as a PDF or get it sent to you in an email.

You can get a digital version by:

You will need an NHS login to use these services. You'll be asked to create one if you do not have an NHS login already.



What is NHS login

NHS login makes it easier and quicker for you to securely access digital health and care services with 1 username and password.

NHS login registrations may take longer than usual when there are high numbers of requests. You will need to register at least 2 weeks before you want to use your pass.



How long digital versions are valid for

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.


Get a paper version (vaccination status only)


You can get an NHS COVID Pass letter sent to you in the post.

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. You may need to wait 5 working days before using the service, so that your record will be up to date.

You should get the letter within 5 working days.

You can use your letter at venues in England where you need to prove your COVID-19 status 2 weeks after you have been fully vaccinated.

You do not need to be registered with a GP surgery or have an NHS login for this.

You can get a letter by:

  • requesting a COVID Pass letter online
  • calling 119 (if you are overseas you need to call +44 151 905 0119 - you will be charged according to your carrier’s rates) – do not call if you're travelling in more than 4 weeks' time

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

Protecting your data

When you access your NHS COVID Pass via the NHS App, or directly via the NHS website, you will use NHS login. NHS login has advanced security features to protect you and minimise any risk of fraud.

Your COVID Pass only shows your vaccination record or test results, and no other personal health records.


NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme


Patients aged 16 and 17 years can now walk into the following mass vaccination sites for their covid vaccination, 7 days a week, no appointment necessary:


  • Darlington Arena
  • Durham
  • Newcastle
  • Hexham


The Arena walk-ins are operating 7 days a week, 8.15am – 7.30pm

NATIONAL - IF you have been contacted by NHS England inviting you for a vaccine, you can book online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ and you have a choice as to where you can be vaccinated which includes the Mowden Park Arena. If you are not listed in these categories then you will have to wait until it is your turn.

Please be a patient patient, everyone will be invited to be vaccinated when it is their turn. DO NOT contact your GP practice as they can not book.

 If you are having issues relating to:


  • Booking or changing a COVID vaccination appointment
  • Questions about the COVID Vaccination programme


Please contact the NHS COVID Vaccination Booking Service by dialling 119 and selecting the appropriate option for that service.


If you are having issues relating to:


  • Needing to request an NHS COVID Pass hard copy letter
  • Questions about the NHS COVID Pass
  • Report technical issues with the NHS COVID Pass


Please contact the NHS COVID Pass Service by dialling 119 and selecting the appropriate option for that service.



For more information please visit https://www.nhs.uk



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