Not being registered with a GP practice could delay receiving your COVID-19 vaccination

To ensure you are offered the COVID-19 vaccine, it is very important that you are registered with a GP practice. Not being registered with a GP practice could delay receiving your vaccination.
Patient receiving Covid vaccination

GP Registration Process

Anyone can register with a GP practice. You do not need proof of a fixed address and/or identification, and your immigration status does not matter.

The British Medical Association (BMA) makes it clear that there is no contractual duty for GP practices to seek evidence of identity, immigration status and/or proof of address, and that GP practices should not refuse registration on the grounds that a patient is unable to provide such evidence.

A GP practice can only refuse to register you because:

  • They are not taking any new patients
  • You live outside the practice boundary and they are not accepting patients from out of their area
  • You have been removed from that GP practice register before
  • It is a long way from home and you need extra care, for example home visits

How do I register with a GP?

Telephone your local GP practice and ask to be registered as a patient

What if I have problems registering?

If you have any problems registering with a GP practice, please call NHS England Customer Contact Centre on: 0300 311 22 33.

The Contact Centre opening hours are 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, except Wednesdays when the centre opens at the later time of 9:30am.

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