The government has made the NHS COVID Pass available as a means for individuals to demonstrate COVID status and for organisations to check it, if organisations choose to use it.The NHS COVID Pass lets individuals share their coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination and test results in a secure way.
The government will work with organisations that operate large, crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of the NHS COVID Pass. The Pass can be checked visually or scanned using the NHS Verifier app. Other proofs of COVID status, including text message and email confirmation of test results and letters proving vaccine status should also be accepted.
There are some settings where the NHS COVID Pass should not be used as a condition of entry, in order to ensure access for all. This includes essential services and essential retailers which have been able to stay open throughout the pandemic. Find out how to obtain the NHS COVID Pass here.
Use of the NHS COVID Pass is voluntary for individual organisations, however the government encourages the use of the NHS COVID Pass in facilities or events where people are likely to be in close proximity to a large number of people from other households for a sustained period of time.
This is likely to include settings that have the following characteristics:
- Crowded, unstructured indoor settings such as nightclubs and music venues.
- Large unstructured outdoor events such as business events and festivals.
- Very large structured events such as business events, music and spectator sport events.
If you use the NHS COVID Pass, you should ensure that you comply with all relevant legal obligations and guidance, including on equalities. Even when using the NHS COVID Pass, it is still important that you follow other relevant guidance and put measures in place.