Who can get an NHS COVID Pass in England

If you’re aged 18 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic venues and events.

If you’re aged 16 or over you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad but you should follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to.

For travel abroad

You can obtain your NHS COVID Pass after receiving either:

  • 2 doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine
  • one dose of the Janssen vaccine

You must have been vaccinated in England.

You can usually obtain your NHS COVID Pass within 24 hours of having your vaccination. However, it can take up to 5 days for your records to be updated.

For domestic use

For domestic purposes, those 18 and over can obtain an NHS COVID Pass if one of the following applies:

  • 2 weeks after completing a full course of vaccination, whether that requires 2 doses or one dose (that is, 2 doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, or 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine) (according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency authorised schedule).
  • with evidence of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of entry to a venue, with both at-home and on-site (where available) being accepted. A lateral flow test taken at home will need to be reported into the public reporting system
  • with proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

You must have been vaccinated in England.

Exemptions for domestic use

If you have received a trial vaccine as part of a formally approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK, you will be able to prove your status through the NHS COVID Pass or with a letter confirming your participation in the trial from your trial site.

See Residents in England who have taken part in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials below.

If you have a medical reason which means you cannot be vaccinated or tested, you may be asked to self-declare this medical exemption.


Flu vaccination is safe and effective. It’s offered every year through the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

Flu vaccine – NHS (

Gay Men and Hep A

There is an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A with 586 cases confirmed since the 1st July 2016. At the same time there is a global shortage of Hep A vaccines. Unvaccinated HIV positive males will receive preferential vaccination, please contact your local HIV or GUM clinic for further advice.

All men who have sex with other men or are attending Euro Pride should contact the surgery for further information or vaccination advice if they feel they need it.


In light of the recent media interest in the HPV vaccine, Public Health England’s national immunisation team

have produced an excellent fact sheet which is available online at:

HPV universal vaccination: factsheets for health professionals – GOV.UK (