Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status for clinical trial participants

NHS Scotland are extremely grateful to everyone who has volunteered for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine trials in Scotland. You have made an important contribution in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Clinical trial participants have the same vaccine status as someone who has been vaccinated through the NHS vaccination programme.

NHS Scotland are committed to ensuring that you are not disadvantaged. Work is ongoing to ensure your vaccine status is correctly presented on the coronavirus vaccine database.

How to request your record of vaccination status

If you have participated in coronavirus vaccine clinical trials in Scotland, you should have already received a letter from the Principal Investigator on your study confirming your involvement.

Your letter allows you to attend events or access services throughout the UK in the same way as those who are fully vaccinated.

There are several trials active in Scotland. The way in which you access your certificate depends on which trial you took part in.

Oxford-AstraZeneca and Janssen clinical trials

The vaccines on both the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Janssen studies are now approved for use in the UK.

Your clinical trial team will have uploaded your details to the national database, and you will be able to obtain a record of your vaccination status through the standard route.

Further information on how to obtain your vaccination status

If you have a problem accessing your certificate, you should phone the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565. 

Medicago and Novavax clinical trials

If you were on the Novavax or Medicago clinical trials, these involve vaccines that are not yet authorised for use in the UK.

You will receive your record of vaccination status by post. You do not need to do anything.

If you have not received your status by 16 September 2021 or if you have lost it, contact your Principal Investigator. They will be able to arrange for the record to be sent to you.

If you took part in a clinical trial at a site that is not part of the NHS, it will take a bit longer for you to get a record of your vaccination status.

Valneva clinical trial

A small number of people on this trial received an authorised vaccine, and can access their certificate via the normal route.

Further information on how to obtain your vaccination status

Everyone else on the trial will receive a record of vaccination status by post. You do not have to do anything

If you have not received your status by 16 September 2021, you have lost it or you're unable to access your certificate via the normal route, contact your Principal Investigator. They will be able to arrange for your status to be sent to you.

If you were on another clinical trial

There are other trials active in Scotland. These are mainly studies of additional doses, provided in addition to an approved vaccine.

People on these trials are likely to have received their initial vaccination through the normal route.

Further information on how to obtain your vaccination status

The situation of these trials is being monitored and any change in advice will be provided to participants.  

If you are taking part in one of these studies and cannot access your certificate, please contact your Principal Investigator.

Your vaccine certificate 

If you have been sent a vaccine certificate for Novavax, Medicago or Valneva, these are currently paper-based and contain a 1D barcode.

This is because the standard NHS Scotland routes currently can't accommodate all of the technical details for those people who have participated in a cornavirus vaccine clinical trial.

These certificates are fully equivalent to the certificates provided through the normal route. They enable easier access to venues and will also permit smoother inbound entry to the UK.

They do not have QR codes but be assured QR codes are not a requirement for domestic certification. UK partners have agreed that Records of Vaccination certificates for clinical trial participants will be accepted at venues.

Who to contact

The information that you received about your clinical trial will contain contact details for your Principal Investigator. If you don’t have this information, you can e-mail the NHS Research Scotland team at: communications@nrs.org.uk.

Please only contact this e-mail if you have taken part in a clinical trial. No support can be provided for general enquiries related to certification.

Further information

For any general coronavirus vaccine enquiries, you can phone 0800 030 8013.