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The government plans to include in the digital NHS Covid Pass the recognition of complementary doses of vaccines against the coronavirus.
Although more than 12 million people have now received a so-called booster dose of an approved Covid vaccine, the documentation, which is available through the NHS app, currently only provides certification of the owner’s receipt of the first two. doses.
With the invitation for a third jab now extended to all those over the age of 40 who received their second dose at least six months ago, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that “it is very clear that… getting your callback will become an important fact [of life]”in the weeks and months to come.
“It will make your life easier in all kinds of ways,” he added. “We will have to adjust our concept of what constitutes a full vaccination to take this into account and I think it is more and more evident.”
Appearing earlier this week at a coronavirus press conference in Downing Street, Johnson was asked a question by a member of the public who wanted to know if supplement doses would be reflected in the digital vaccine status certification issued to citizens to enable them to travel abroad.
“We will plan to add the booster dose to the NHS Covid Pass,” replied the Prime Minister. “The general lesson is that… getting a full booster shot will make your life easier in all kinds of ways, including overseas travel. I would say, if you think about [whether or not to get a booster] – this is yet another reason to do so.
The NHS Covid Pass is available for those who have received two doses of a vaccine in England or Wales. In addition to being displayed through the NHS app, the certification can also be downloaded and viewed in PDF or printed format, and citizens can also request a letter confirming their immunization status and providing a secure QR code that can be scanned to verify that they are completely immune. Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own systems through which citizens can prove their immunization status.
As of the start of this month, the UK has agreed with the European Union on a reciprocal authentication system for the NHS Covid Pass and the EU’s Covid digital certificate. Officials at border control posts across the Union and its former member – as well as any reception venues requiring certification – can now scan travelers’ digital documents.
The deal also means that British citizens can also use their Covid Pass in the 16 other countries and territories certified by the EU program, including Morocco, Iceland, Israel, Norway and Panama.