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HEALTH – COVID JABS IN SCOTLAND AND ENGLAND [91824] - 11 December 2021

HEALTH – COVID JABS IN SCOTLAND AND ENGLAND [91824] - 11 December 2021

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that the database of the booking system for booster vaccinations administered by NHS England includes records of initial vaccinations administered by NHS Scotland; for what reason the vaccination records of people inoculated in Scotland have hitherto been unavailable within the booking system when those people seek booster vaccinations after relocating from Scotland to England; what the average additional time taken to get a booster vaccination has been for those people as a result of that lack of data; and if he will make a statement.  [91824]

[Due for Answer on 16 December. Answered on 10 January.]

HOLDING ANSWER: The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

ANSWER

The Under-Secretary of State for Vaccines and Public Health (Maggie Throup): Data sharing agreements are in place across the United Kingdom to ensure health records of individuals are updated if they receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in another part of the UK. Should an issue with an individual’s vaccine record occur, this will not prevent them from receiving their booster vaccination. They can attend a walk-in site to be vaccinated for either their booster or primary course of vaccination. In addition, individuals can call 119 for the Vaccine Data Resolution Service. Given the measures in place to resolve such issues, information on any additional time incurred is not held.