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Health Services: Undocumented Migrants

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 52563, tabled on 21 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to ensure that undocumented migrants without proof of address or ID (a) are not refused by GP surgeries and (b) can access covid-19 vaccinations.

Answered on

29 September 2021

The national patient registration guidance from NHS England states that a fixed address or identification is not required to register or access treatment at general practitioner (GP) practices. Where necessary, the practice can use its address to register the patient.

Whilst an individual’s National Health Service number might be used for administration purposes, it is not a pre-requisite to be offered the COVID-19 vaccine. For those not registered with a GP, NHS regional teams, working with various local systems, will contact those individuals to ensure they are offered the vaccine. Vaccinations against COVID-19 are offered to every adult living in the United Kingdom free of charge, regardless of immigration status and no immigration checks will be carried out.