What you need to know
- The NHS app has been updated to support digital COVID passes.
- It now includes support for adding a COVID Pass to your Apple Wallet.
- That means you can display proof of vaccination or a negative test using your iPhone.
The NHS app has been updated to include support for adding a COVID pass to your Apple Wallet on devices like the iPhone 12, which will let users in England display proof of a negative test or vaccine on their phone.
As noted by Pocket-lint:
The NHS COVID Pass, according to the UK government's website, will let users in England prove that they've either had a COVID-19 vaccine or have recently tested negative for the disease. It can be used for international travel as proof of vaccination, and to gain entry to certain events such as nightclubs, music venues, festivals, and more.
On the website it states:
There are age requirements (depending on whether you're going abroad or using the app domestically) to get a pass, and you can obtain one for going abroad after having received two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Pfizer vaccine, one dose of the Janssen vaccine, or have proof of "natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period." Domestically, this also includes a negative PCR or rapid lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of entry to a venue.
The use of NHS COVID Pass is voluntary for individual organizations, and users can also get passes electronically or even as a letter if they don't want to use the app.
The NHS app is not the same as the exposure notification app from the NHS, NHS COVID-19.
You can read more information about the new NHS COVID Pass for Apple Wallet on the UK government's website.
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