Covid vaccine passport will be on the NHS app from next week

Patients aged 38 and 39 are expected to be offered an alternative to the Oxford vaccine

Patients aged 38 and 39 are expected to be offered an alternative to the Oxford vaccine

United Kingdom holidaymakers who have received two jabs will be able to use the NHS phone app as a so-called Covid vaccine passport from next week.

The app will not show Covid test results but it is hoped that they will be incorporated by the time domestic Covid status certification is due to be introduced for mass events on June 21.

In the post it said: "From the 17th May you will be able to demonstrate your vaccine status on the NHS App".

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The NHS app was set up to allow people to book appointments and repeat prescriptions online and allows people to see their full medical records. Once installed, the app can be used on smartphones or tablets.

The Government is urging people to check the entry requirements for their destination country well in advance of travelling.

The Government is urging everyone to register with the app before booking global travel. This must be at least five days after you've completed your course of the vaccine.

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The Government says your vaccination status is held securely within the NHS app, and can only be accessed via the NHS login service. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.

'Demonstrating your Covid-19 vaccination status allows you to show others that you've had a full course of the Covid-19 vaccine when travelling overseas to some countries or territories. Proof of your Covid-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. Any children you are travelling with may need to show proof of a negative Covid test.

"Do not contact your GP surgery about your Covid-19 vaccination status. Global Positioning System can not provide letters showing your Covid-19 vaccination status".

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