How to get My Vaccine Pass
There are 3 ways to get your My Vaccine Pass — online through My Covid Record, over the phone, and in person at a participating vaccination site.
The quickest way to get a pass is through the website My Covid Record.
If you do not have a unique email address or valid ID, you can get your pass over the phone or at a participating vaccination site.
Save a pass to your phone or print it out
Once your pass has been emailed to you, it gives you the option to save it to your phone:
- For Apple, click 'Add to Apple Wallet'
- For Android, click 'Save to phone'
Another way to save the pass to your phone is to take a screenshot of the QR code when you open the PDF in your email. You can save this to your phone. Make sure it is not blurry or pixelated and there is blank space around the edges. It is helpful if your name can be seen in the screenshot.
If you would prefer to have a physical copy of your pass, download and print the PDF attachment in the email. When printing, use the highest quality setting on your printer to ensure the QR code is clear so it can be scanned easily when entering venues.
About My Vaccine Pass
My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use within Aotearoa New Zealand. It will allow you to access certain events and venues operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system).
Who can get a My Vaccine Pass
You can request a My Vaccine Pass if you are aged 12 or over and:
- have had 2 doses of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand, or
- been vaccinated overseas with an approved vaccine, or
- have a medical exemption.
Your My Vaccine Pass will include your name, date of birth and a QR code. You can save it on a digital device, like your phone, or print a physical copy.
It will expire 6 months from the date of issue, or on 1 June 2022, whichever comes sooner. We have set an expiry date to allow flexibility in how we respond to the changing nature of the pandemic.
Who does not need a My Vaccine Pass
People under the age of 12 years and 3 months are not required to show proof of vaccination.
When you might need it
From Friday 3 December you may need to use My Vaccine Pass to enter events and venues as required by the traffic light system.
You may need to show it in a range of public settings. These could include:
- close-proximity businesses, such as hairdressers and gyms
- faith-based gatherings.
Businesses may scan the QR code on your My Vaccine Pass with the NZ Pass Verifier app. This app will confirm your vaccination status for the business. You may also be asked to show ID. It will not store your data or show any information other than your name and date of birth.
Businesses cannot accept a purple vaccination card or vaccination confirmation letter as proof of your vaccination status.
When you will not need it
You will not need to show proof of vaccination to access basic needs services like:
- health and disability services
- petrol stations
- public transport — for example, buses, trains and commuter ferries
- schools and early learning service providers
- housing and housing support services.
If you are unable to get the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons, there is an exemption process to get your My Vaccine Pass.
You will need to talk to your doctor and they will apply on your behalf.
If you are travelling overseas
My Vaccine Pass cannot be used for overseas travel. If you are going to another country, you will need to request an International Travel Vaccination Certificate.
If you were vaccinated in another country
If were vaccinated overseas, you must have received one of the following 8 accepted COVID-19 vaccines to get a My Vaccine Pass:
- Janssen (Johnson and Johnson)
- AstraZeneca (Oxford)
- AstraZeneca/Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac)
- Covaxin (Bharat Biotech).
Your vaccination record must be added to New Zealand's COVID Immunisation Register (CIR).
You can request your My Vaccine Pass once you have received acknowledgement your record has been added.
NZ Pass Verifier app
The NZ Pass Verifier is a free app that businesses and organisations can use to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep their community safe.
At certain traffic light settings, businesses and organisations are encouraged to use the app to check customers' My Vaccine Pass.
Requirements will depend on the sector and the choices the business or organisation has made about how they will operate under the traffic light system.
If you need technical help with the NZ Pass Verifier app, call the Ministry of Health on 0800 800 606.
When a business or organisation uses the app to scan your My Vaccine Pass, it will show a green tick — this confirms it is a valid pass. It also shows your name and date of birth. The verifier can request to see your ID to check it matches the details on the app.
It is an offence for a business to sell the details from the My Vaccine Pass, or use the details for purposes outside the COVID-19 response.
Any personal information collected — for example, that you have been verified — remains subject to the protections in the Privacy Act 2020.
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You may receive a purple vaccination card at your first appointment. This is not official proof of your vaccination — it is to remind you when your second appointment is.
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