The council will be running a validation clinic this month for those who received vaccinations overseas for covid-19.
This service enables someone to book an appointment to show evidence for any covid-19 vaccinations they have received outside of England and have those vaccinations added to their NHS record.
The clinic will run on Wednesday 14 December, at Sanford House on Sanford Street in Swindon, SN1 1HE.
To be eligible for this service individuals must be registered with a GP and have an NHS number. Attendees must also bring the original copies of their vaccination records with them, and they must have valid proof of ID, either a Passport or Driving Licence only.
If they are unable to provide these details, the clinic staff ask that those individuals do not book an appointment as the team will be unable to add the vaccines onto a NHS record without these documents and they will not be seen on the day.
Those eligible can use the following link to make an appointment: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/overseas-vaccination-validation-clinic-swindon-14122022-tickets-467426233447
A spokesperson for the clinic added: "Unfortunately, due to demand for this service we cannot accept any walk ins. Those that would like to use the service, are please book an appointment using one of the links above."
This service is open to those who are aged 5 years old or over, and have an NHS number. Individuals must also have received one of these vaccinations outside of England:
- Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
- CanSino (Convidecia)
- Gamaleya (Sputnik V)
- Institute of India (Covishield)
- Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
- Moderna (Spikevax)
- Nuvaxovid (Novavax)
- Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
- Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
- Serum Institute of India (Covovax)
- SinoVac (CoronaVac)
Additionally, if someone received a Sinopharm vaccine, the evidence must show that it was manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products (BIBP).
If the Sinopharm vaccine evidence shows a different manufacturer or does not say who made it, the individual will not be eligible to book an appointment.
Individuals not booking for themselves can only book for someone else, if they are a child of theirs, or someone they care for, and will need their consent. Individuals will need to enter their details when booking.
The clinic's spokesperson continued: "f you book for someone aged 18 years old or over - they must attend the appointment. If you book for someone under 18 years old - they do not have to attend the appointment if you go instead of them.
"Children under 16 years old cannot attend an appointment on their own. They must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible person aged 18 years old or over."
Each appointment should take 10-15 minutes and staff ask that members of the public arrive on time, and with all their documents.
There is a Pay & Display Car Park next to Sanford House on Sanford Street. There are also a limited number of disabled bays directly outside of Sanford House on Sanford Street. Swindon Town centre bus stops are in close walking proximity to Sanford House.
In order to access this service, individuals must be registered with a GP and have an NHS number. People can visit the following NHS website to find out more on how to register with a GP surgery https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/gps/how-to-register-with-a-gp-surgery/.
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