Get a record of your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status

We are aware of an issue that is causing some people’s booster doses to be incorrectly displayed as dose 1 of 2.

We are working hard to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible. Further updates will be provided in due course.

Your vaccination status is a record of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've received in Scotland. It's not a record of vaccinations you've had outside of Scotland.

You can request a vaccine status if:

  • you're aged 12 and over
  • you've been vaccinated in Scotland

Those under the age of 12 will not be eligible for a vaccine status letter.

You do not need your record to be ‘stamped’ by NHS Scotland or any NHS Health Board.

Do not contact your GP practice about your coronavirus vaccination status. GP's cannot provide letters showing your coronavirus vaccination status.

2D barcodes (QR codes)

2D barcodes have been added to all records of vaccination.

These barcodes:

  • contain information that is unique to you
  • provide additional security and cannot be edited
  • can only be scanned by recognised verifier apps that have been developed in line with the EU's Covid Green Pass scheme

Your vaccination status is designed for international travel purposes and is meant to be accompanied by your passport. Border control will check the data on the 2D barcode matches that of your passport, and will quickly identify those who have attempted to fraudulently claim a certificate as theirs when it is not.

What is a 2D barcode?

Two-dimensional (2D) barcodes, often called Quick Response (QR) codes, look like squares or rectangles that contain lots of small, individual dots.

A single 2D barcode can hold a significant amount of information that can only be read by a machine. 

How to get your vaccination status

Those over the age of 16 will be able to download a PDF version of their vaccination status online. Those aged 12 to 15 can request a copy of their vaccination status by phoning the COVID-19 Status Helpline. 

If you're unable to download a PDF you can still request a printed copy be sent to you by first class post. Please allow at least 14 days for your letter to arrive.

If you requested a copy of your vaccination status before 3 September your letter will still be valid. You'll only need to re-order your letter if the country you’re travelling to requires your status to include 2D barcodes.

It's important to check the entry requirements of the country you're travelling to before booking your trip, and only request a record of your vaccination status if you need one.

Get a copy online

You can view your record, request a printed copy or download a PDF version of your vaccination status online by logging in using your unique username and password.

Your username can be found in your coronavirus vaccination appointment letter. You can use this to register and create your own password.

Once you've signed in, you should select 'vaccination status' which will allow you to view, download or request a paper copy of your coronavirus vaccination record letter. Please allow at least 14 days for your vaccination status letter to arrive in the post.

If you've lost or forgotten your username or password, you can create new ones by selecting the 'recover username' or 'forgotten your password' options.

If you've never received a unique username, you can sign up for one by using the 'recover username' option.

Request a copy by phone

You can also get a copy of your vaccine status by phoning the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565.

The helpline is open every day from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

You should only request your vaccination status over the phone if you're unable to download a PDF version.

Using your vaccination status for travel

You can get access to your coronavirus vaccination status if you choose to travel, and need to provide a record of your vaccination status by the destination country, method of transport or your travel operator.

The name and address on your vaccination status will match the information on your GP patient record at the time of your first vaccination.

If your address on your status is out of date you can still use it for international travel, providing your name and date of birth are correct.

You do not need your middle name(s) on your vaccination status for international travel.

It's your responsibility to check the entry requirements of the country you're travelling to. It's also your responsibility to check what the requirements are to return to Scotland from this country.

Keep your vaccination status letter in a safe place, you will not be able to access a replacement abroad.

What they cannot be used for

Vaccination status is not proof of identity. It does not guarantee access to international travel.

Clinical trials

If you were vaccinated as part of an official clinical trial in Scotland, you should have received a letter confirming this. If you have not received a letter, contact your clinical trial site.

We'll now be sending printed records of vaccination to all participants in official clinical trials in Scotland. Please allow at least 14 days for your letter to arrive.

More information for clinical trial participants

Vaccination status for children

Vaccination status letters are available for all children aged 12 and over who have been vaccinated. Those aged 12 to 15 can request a copy by phoning the COVID-19 Status Helpline. Those over the age of 16 can download a copy online from 3 September.

If you're travelling abroad, check the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to for you and your child.

Lost your vaccination status letter

If you lose your vaccination status letter, you should download another PDF online or phone the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565 for a replacement.

If you're requesting a printed copy of your vaccination status please allow 14 days for it to arrive.

Incorrect vaccination records

If any data on your Vaccination Status Record is incorrect, you should phone the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565. The helpline can only resolve issues in relation to vaccinations administered in Scotland.

You do not need middle name(s) for status reports or international travel. If your address on your status is out of date you can still use it for international travel, providing your name and date of birth are correct.

Vaccination status in the Common Travel Area (other parts of the UK and Ireland, including Channel Islands and Isle of Man)

If you're a Scottish resident and have received one or more doses of a coronavirus vaccine elsewhere in the Common Travel Area the process of getting your vaccination status may be different.

Those who live in Scotland or who are registered with a Scottish GP

If you've received your first, second or both vaccine doses in England, you can get your coronavirus vaccination status via the normal process by:

  • downloading a PDF online
  • phoning the COVID Vaccination Status Helpline

This is because we have a data exchange in place with England.

If your data is not showing, check another time as these files update regularly. If this is not resolved phone the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Helpline.

If you've received your first, second or both vaccine doses outside of Scotland but in Wales or Northern Ireland you can request proof of the single dose you received in Scotland through the normal process by:

  • downloading a PDF online
  • phoning the COVID Vaccination Status Helpline

You will need to request proof of your other dose from the country you received it in.

NHS Scotland are working towards a technical solution for this and they'll update you soon.

If you received both doses in another Common Travel Area country, you'll need to request your vaccination status from that country.

This is a temporary process and NHS Scotland are working with colleagues in other Common Travel Area countries to create a system that will allow them to combine records.

Those who have moved to/from Scotland during or after the vaccination process and are not registered with a GP

If you've received your first dose of vaccine in Scotland and another dose in another Common Travel Area Country, you can request proof of the single dose you received in Scotland through the normal process by:

  • downloading a PDF online
  • phoning the COVID Vaccination Status Helpline

You will need to request proof of your other dose from the country you received it in.

NHS Scotland are working towards a technical solution for this and they'll update you soon.

If you received both doses in another Common Travel Area country, you'll need to request your vaccination status from that country.

This is a temporary process and NHS Scotland are working with colleagues in other Common Travel Area countries to create a system that will allow them to combine records.

Vaccination status in other international countries

If you've become a Scottish resident and you've received one or more doses of a coronavirus vaccine internationally (outside of the common travel area), the process of getting your vaccination status may also be different.

Those who received one dose in Scotland and one dose internationally

You can receive your vaccination status if you've only received either your first or second dose in Scotland. You can do this through the normal process:

  • downloading a PDF online
  • phoning the COVID Vaccination Status Helpline

You'll need to request proof of vaccination for your other dose from the international country you were vaccinated in.

NHS Scotland are working towards a technical solution for this and they'll update you soon.

This is a temporary process and NHS Scotland are working with colleagues in some international countries to create a system that will allow them to connect your information.

Those who received both doses internationally

You'll need to request proof of vaccination from the international country you were vaccinated in.