My Vaccine Pass

My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Temporary exemption letters — 15 December 2021

Today, some people with errors in their vaccination record are being issued temporary exemption letters that are valid until Wednesday 22 December while they wait for a My Vaccine Pass.

If you were vaccinated overseas

If you were vaccinated overseas, and submitted your information by 14 December 2021, you will be issued with an exemption letter valid until 11:59pm 17 January 2022 while you wait for a My Vaccine Pass.

Businesses that are checking My Vaccine Passes will know to accept these official exemption letters.

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.

Find your NHI number

A National Health Index (NHI) number is a unique number that is given to each person using health and disability support services in New Zealand.

You can find your NHI number on:

  • a prescription or prescription receipt, a prescription medicine label
  • a hospital letter
  • an x-ray or test result
  • your patient portal (ManageMyHealth).

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.

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If you have an Android phone

Some Android users have had problems with the shortcut for My Vaccine Pass disappearing from their phones. Google has fixed the issue – you can expect an update on your phone in the next week. You can still access your pass via your Google Pay app.

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).

Learn about the 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.What My Vaccine Pass will look like on Apple Wallet, the emailed PDF, and if you request one to be sent to you.

View a larger image of My Vaccine Pass example [PNG, 3.3 MB]

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:

  • events
  • hospitality
  • close-proximity businesses, such as hairdressers and gyms
  • sport
  • 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:

  • supermarkets
  • pharmacies
  • 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.

Medical exemptions

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.

Find out more about exemptions and certificates | (external link)

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.

International Travel Vaccination Certificates

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:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech 
  • Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) 
  • AstraZeneca (Oxford) 
  • AstraZeneca/Covishield (Serum Institute of India)  
  • Moderna 
  • Sinopharm  
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac) 
  • Covaxin (Bharat Biotech).

Your vaccination record must be added to New Zealand's COVID Immunisation Register (CIR).

How to add your vaccination record to the CIR | (external link)

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.

Your privacy

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.

Download the NZ Pass Verifier | (external link)

NZ Pass Verifier — Terms of use and privacy policy | (external link)

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Advice for businesses about My Vaccine Pass

If you are unsure whether someone has a Ministry of Health issued medical exemption or is fully vaccinated, scan their My Vaccine Pass to check they meet the requirements to enter your premises. The NZ Pass Verifier app will show a green tick.

The Ministry of Health is the only agency authorised to provide a medical exemption from getting vaccinated. A person who has a medical exemption can get a My Vaccine Pass, which when scanned will show a green tick — the same as all passes.

A small number of people have a temporary exemption from the requirement to produce a My Vaccine Pass. The temporary exemption is a record of the individual’s request for assistance and has a unique identifier. It can be shown to businesses and organisations that require a My Vaccine Pass. It is valid until 11:59pm on 14 December 2021.

Vaccination cards

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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