NHS App is updated for 'domestic' Covid passports

NHS App is updated for 'domestic' Covid passports
NHS App is updated for 'domestic' Covid passports

The NHS App was today updated with 'domestic' and 'travel' options for Britons who have had both doses of the Covid-19 jab, who can also now add their vaccine certificate to their Apple Wallet.

Developers also made a change so that people who received the Novavax jab as part of a formally-approved vaccine trial can now obtain the so-called 'NHS Covid Pass'.

And those opening up the Covid section of the app can now go through to the 'get your NHS Covid Pass' – which presents two options of 'domestic' or 'travel'.

Responding to news of the app's update, the Liberal Democrats argued that the Government had 'introduced Covid ID Cards by stealth onto the nation's phones'. 

It comes after the Government proposed making vaccine passports mandatory in nightclubs from September - and this could extend to students going to university. 

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If it is at least 14 days since you have received a second jab, the 'domestic' section of the app will display your name, date of birth and a QR code confirming your jabs.

The 'travel' section contains the same information along with nine extra details for each dose - including the date of vaccination, product, manufacturer, vaccine, bath number, disease, country of vaccination, issuer and the administrating centre.

Those opening up the Covid section of the NHS App can now go through to the 'get your NHS Covid Pass' - which presents two options of 'domestic' or 'travel'

Those opening up the Covid section of the NHS App can now go through to the 'get your NHS Covid Pass' - which presents two options of 'domestic' or 'travel'

If it is at least 14 days since you have received a second jab, the 'domestic' section will display your name, date of birth and a QR code - and the option to add the pass to your Apple Wallet

If it is at least 14 days since you have received a second jab, the 'domestic' section will display your name, date of birth and a QR code - and the option to add the pass to your Apple Wallet

The NHS App is different to the separate NHS Covid-19 app which has been responsible for the 'pingdemic' and told 689,313 people to self-isolate last week.

The Lib Dems today called for a recall of Parliament over the updated app, with the party's home affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael saying: 'The government has just committed to vaccine passports by stealth. 

'This deceitful move is deeply shameful. We now have a new ID card snuck onto our phones without even as much as a whisper from the government.

'Just this morning, Ministers on TV and radio were flapping about when asked simple questions how this would actually work. Now it is on all our phones.' 

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He added that getting to the vaccine passport means having to 'type and click through a bunch of

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