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NHS COVID Pass - 5 ways to qualify for one

Here are the five ways that you can get an NHS COVID pass:

  • By being vaccinated: two weeks after completing a full course of vaccination, whether that requires two doses or one dose - after two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, or after one dose of the Janssen vaccine. You can get vaccinated by:

  • By reporting a negative COVID test: with evidence of a negative PCR or rapid lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of entry to a venue, with both at-home and on-site (where available) being accepted - a lateral flow test taken at home will need to be reported into the public reporting system

  • By catching COVID: with proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test, and following completion of the self-isolation period, remember to register your test result online, you'll need:

    • your 10-digit order ID (see your home test order confirmation email)

    • your 11-character test kit barcode. Check this barcode is the same on your plastic tube, biohazard bag, and return box

    • the 13-character Royal Mail barcode on the prepaid return label. Enter numbers and letters only and not the # hashtag symbol

  • By taking part in a trial of COVID vaccine: There is also an exemption for people who have received a trial vaccine as part of a formally-approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK. These people will be able to prove their status through the NHS COVID Pass or with a letter confirming their participation in the trial. All trial participants have received confirmatory letters.

  • By being medically exempt: Individuals who have a medical reason which means they cannot be vaccinated or tested may be asked to self-declare this medical exemption.

    • People receiving end of life care where vaccination is not in the person’s best interests,

    • people with learning disabilities or autistic individuals, or people with a combination of impairments where vaccination cannot be provided through reasonable adjustments,

    • a person with severe allergies to all currently available vaccines,

    • those who have had an adverse reaction to the first dose (for example, myocarditis),

    • Other medical conditions could also allow you to get a medical exemption,

    • Short-term exemptions will also be available for those with short-term medical conditions and as an option that some pregnant women may choose to take. This link shows you how to apply for an exemption

For more information about downloading and registering on the NHS App to show your COVID pass, visit our page here

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