NHS ‘Vaccine Passport’

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  • rferguson

    I have read this a couple of times, and I am still shaking my head in disbelief

    European holidays could be off limits to 5m Britons given Indian-made AstraZeneca jab

    The jab, authorised in the UK in February, is not yet approved in Europe or recognised under EU’s new vaccine passport scheme.

    “….The EU Digital Covid Certificate, which launched on Thursday, is designed to allow Covid-secure travel across the continent but does not recognise a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine called Covishield, produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII), because it is yet to receive approval in Europe.”

    “Up to five million doses of this version of the vaccine have been administered in the UK and are identifiable by the vaccine batch numbers (4120Z001, 4120Z002, 4120Z003) included on recipients’ vaccine cards and in the Covid travel pass available via the NHS app.”

    My second jab is from one of these vaccine batch numbers…

    Let’s hope this is sorted out…

    Not looking great Tom.

    Malta has confirmed it will NOT accept the India batch numbers as proof of vaccination.

    ‘In addition to the above, Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, has confirmed that the AstraZeneca vaccine from the batch numbers: 4120Z001, 4120Z002 and 412Z003, also known as Covishield, will not be an accepted proof of vaccination for entry to Malta. He said that this is in line with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) advice which Malta’s Ministry of Health adheres to, adding that guidance will be revised periodically in line with the EMA.’



    Would be interested to know which vaccines are acceptable for entry into the UK.

    My grand-daughter would like to visit but is currently a Russian resident and has had a double vaccination of “sputnik” …. this, it seems, is not acceptable.

    Can we soon have better updates on vaccine acceptability ?

    This is not just a problem with UK entry but equally for us who might wish to visit her…. what vaccines given here are acceptable for travel to Russia or Sweden – all seems at present to be a total mess.


    Malta is doing more back flips than an Olympic gymnastics competitor.

    First it was the NHS COVID APP – yes we will accept it as proof of vaccination, no we won’t, yes we will.

    Then it was the Indian manufactured batches of AZ – Yes we will accept, no we won’t.

    Grant Schnapps has just posted on Twitter:
    “UPDATE: The #Maltese authorities have amended their travel advice so anyone who has an OXFORD AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK (regardless of manufacture location) is able to travel without being turned away – with all vaccines having gone through rigorous safety and quality checks.”

    Tom Otley

    True, although I’m happy that the backflips seem to be going in the direction of recognising the Indian AZ vaccine as being valid.
    As for the rest of today’s travel news…. oh dear, again.


    I’m due to fly back into the UK (Manchester) on Wednesday night two days after Freedom Day. Has anyone yet had an experience of arriving the UK now that many restrictions are lifted? I’ve just completed the PLF with the new requirements for vaccinated people….I can see many people not experienced with travel really tripping up on the steps here. I wonder if this will result in significant queues.


    Hi – I was wondering if anyone managed to get their middle name added onto the vaccine certificate on the NHS app? When I look at the app, the log in details show my full name – however the certificate omits my middle name. I am meant to be going to HK shortly on an employment visa (most likely via Dubai rather than direct as no one can tell me for sure if it is ok to go direct from UK as a non HK – resident to activate an employment visa (Cathay website implies it is). However, now I am more worried re my NHS vaccine.

    Thanks for any help.


    An update, particularly for any others like me, who were vaccinated outside of the UK.

    My GP uploaded the vaccination info to the NHS App some weeks ago but it is still not showing on the COVID Pass. NHS advise that they are working on this and hope to have a solution ‘soon’. But is is now essentially a technical issue rather than a medical one so hopefully can be resolved sooner rather than later.

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