Astra Zeneca vaccines produced in India

There have been concerns raised in the media that EU countries will not recognise the validity of specific batches of vaccine produced in India. The following statement was produced (7 July):

“The Government has confirmed that no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK and that all AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria. The NHS COVID Pass is the digital version of individuals’ proof of COVID-19 vaccine status, which has been available for international travel since May. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the Government is confident that travel will not be affected. The EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate is currently for EU citizens only, or third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU.”

Information for patients about how to get an online or paper version of the NHS COVID Pass is on the NHS website.