COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

How can I view my COVID-19 Vaccination status?

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Please do not to call your GP practice to get this information. You can access your vaccination status via:

  • the NHS App which can be downloaded from app stores (you will need to verify your identity when setting up the app which can take up to 7 days)
  • the NHS website (from 17 May 2021)

If you cannot access these online services and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. You should only call 119 if you have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

The practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

I had the AstraZeneca vaccine and the batch was manufactured in India; is my vaccination passport still valid for travel?

The AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in India is the same as batches manufactured in the UK. There are no concerns over their level of COVID-19 protection or the quality of the vaccine. This includes the three batches that you may have seen in recent news (4120Z001, 4120Z002, 4120Z003).  These batches will still be accepted for foreign travel.

Can I bring my vaccination forward in order to go on holiday?

We are not able to bring your vaccination forward. We are following the current government guidelines which recommended that individuals have an 8-week interval between the first and second doses. Unless there is clinical reasoning as to why it would be beneficial to reduce this interval (determined by a healthcare professional), we would not be able to shorten this. If you do have a clinical reason, the practice must be provided with written proof from the healthcare professional.

I haven’t been invited yet; when will I get my appointment?

You will receive your invitation approximately 8 weeks from your first vaccination. In the unlikely event that you do not hear from us at 8 weeks, you can contact the surgery via sending an email to fgccg.sovereign.covid@nhs.net. Only if you do not have access to the internet or do not know someone who does, you may contact the surgery via the telephone hub on 01239 844220.

How will I be contacted?

Patients are predominantly contacted via text message which will contain a link to book an appointment at Fareham Community Hospital. If you do not have a mobile, you will receive your appointment via letter or telephone. You will generally be contacted for your second vaccination via the same method in which you were invited for your first vaccination.

I don’t have a smartphone and can’t open the link; how do I book my appointment?

If you do not have a smart phone but were invited by a text message, the covid vaccination team will re-invite you in due course via letter or telephone.

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

As per the government guidelines, you cannot choose which vaccine you receive unless recommended by a clinician to have a specific vaccine e.g. due to allergies. The surgery needs evidence of this unless one of Sovereign’s GPs have recommended a specific vaccine in which case, they will inform the covid vaccine team. If you choose not to have a particular vaccine but there is no clinical rationale for this (determined by a healthcare professional), you are considered to have declined the vaccine and will not be offered an alternative.

I need a specific vaccination as recommended by a healthcare professional; how do I ensure I get that one?

The surgery requires a letter from the healthcare professional stating that you require a specific vaccine due to clinical reasons.

I’ve had my 1st vaccination at a vaccination hub; can I get my 2nd through the GP surgery?

The guidelines state that you must have your second vaccine through the same means in which you received your first vaccine.

I was hesitant to get the vaccination at first, but I’ve changed my mind; can I get booked in?

Yes. If you decide you would like to be vaccinated, please email fgccg.sovereign.covid@nhs.net and let us know. If you do not have access to the internet or know someone who does, please call the telephone hub team on 01329 844220.

I’m still hesitant to get the vaccination; if I change my mind, can I still get the vaccination?

Yes. When you decide you would like to be vaccinated, please email fgccg.sovereign.covid@nhs.net and let us know. If you do not have access to the internet or know someone who does, please call the telephone hub team on 01329 844220.

I don’t know if the vaccine is suitable for me, can a clinician check?

All patients are pre-screened at their appointment before they receive the vaccination. The clinician will decide whether the vaccine is clinically suitable and discuss this with you.

Can I ask a medical question in relation to the vaccine?

All patients are pre-screened at their appointment before they receive the vaccination. You are given the opportunity to ask questions before you consent to the vaccination. Alternatively, you are able to do an eConsult on your surgery’s website.