NHS COVID Pass information

We have been recently been asked about how people can get so-called ‘vaccine passports’, especially if they don’t have a smart phone. Below is some information for people living in England, taken from the NHS COVID Pass webpage.

For full details, including links to information for people living in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, see the website.

‘An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status. You may be asked to show your pass to get into some events, where the COVID Pass is being trialled, or to travel abroad.

Who can get an NHS COVID Pass in England

If you’re aged 16 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass depending on your vaccination status or COVID-19 test results.

What you need to get a pass and when you can get a pass

  • 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in England – You can get a pass 2 weeks after your 2nd dose.
  • Negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test within the past 48 hours – You can get a pass as soon as you get your result (If you did a rapid lateral flow test at home, report your rapid lateral flow test result on GOV.UK first).
  • Positive PCR test within the past 6 months – You can get a pass after you’ve finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test.

If you were vaccinated as part of a trial, you’ll receive a letter confirming your status as “fully vaccinated”.

How to get your digital NHS COVID Pass

To get a digital version of the pass see the NHS COVID Pass webpage. 

How to get a paper version (vaccination status only)

You can get an NHS COVID Pass letter sent to you in the post. This shows you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. It does not show COVID-19 test results.

You can ask for a letter 2 weeks after having your 2nd dose of the vaccine. You should get it within 5 working days. You do not need to be registered with a GP surgery or have an NHS login for this.

You can get a letter by:

The paper version does not have an expiry date.’


1 Comment
  1. Thanks for posting this, very comprehensive and easy to follow. I used it to order mine last week!

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