‘Covid passports’: How can the NHS Covid Pass prove I’ve had both jabs?
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Clubbers and people attending some other venues in England will have to be fully vaccinated by the end of September, the government has said.
From Monday, adults who have had both jabs can avoid quarantine after travelling to amber-list countries – although not France.
Nightclubs in England are only just reopening, following the removal of most Covid restrictions and guidance.
At present this is not a legal requirement – so clubs don’t have to ask for proof.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson now says he plans “to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather”, by the end of September.
By this point, all 18-year-olds in England will have had the chance to be fully vaccinated. The PM said 35% of 18-30 year olds were currently completely unvaccinated.
Sir Patrick Vallance – chief scientific adviser to the government – said nightclubs “are a focus for potential superspreading events” and that has already been the case in the Netherlands and Israel.
You can get the NHS Covid Pass either:
Once logged in, you can request the NHS Covid Pass. The system generates a QR code, which lasts for 28 days.
Make sure you apply via the official website or app. Do not click on unsolicited emails or texts.
People who’ve had both jabs can also request an NHS Covid Pass letter by calling 119. This only shows vaccination status and has no expiry date.
At the moment, under-16s can’t get an NHS Covid Pass, because children aren’t being vaccinated.
In addition, from 7 August in Wales double vaccinated adults will no longer have to self-isolate if a close contact tests positive for Covid.
And from 16 August fully vaccinated adults and under-18s in England also won’t have to self-isolate if a close contact tests positive for Covid.
Scotland plans to introduce similar rules for adults, and is considering whether it can do the same for under-18s.
You must check your destination’s entry rules before you book – and keep checking them before you travel.
You can download the NHS Covid Pass in Wales, or you can request a paper copy by calling 0300 303 5667, at least five days after your final dose.
An official vaccine certificate will be launched in Northern Ireland later in July, but there is a temporary system in place until then.