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‘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.

But ministers want “higher risk” settings – including nightclubs – to make use of the NHS Covid Pass, which can prove someone has been fully vaccinated.

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:

two weeks after your second vaccine doseif you’ve had a negative PCR or lateral flow test result in the past 48 hours – and have reported it on the NHS website (this pass lasts for 48 hours after the result)if you have had a positive PCR test result within the past six months, and have finished self-isolating (this pass lasts for 180 days after the result)

People in England can request one via the NHS website or, if you are registered with a GP, the NHS app. (not the NHS Covid-19 app, which is used for contact tracing).

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.

The NHS Covid Pass – or equivalents in other parts of the UK – will allow fully vaccinated adults to avoid quarantine when they return from most amber-list countries. But even if you have the pass, you will still have to self-isolate if you arrive in the UK from France.

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.

The government says more than 30 countries, including Greece and Spain, now accept the pass.

France insists UK visitors are fully vaccinated before entry – while mainland Portugal will waive quarantine for the double-jabbed.

You must check your destination’s entry rules before you book – and keep checking them before you travel.

Over-16s in Scotland can request a paper copy of their coronavirus vaccination status via the NHS inform website, or by calling 0808 196 8565.

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.

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