My Vaccine Pass

  • Updated: 20th May 2022

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

Vaccination requirements 

My Vaccine Passes are no longer required. However, businesses can choose to continue using them.  

Government vaccine mandates remain in place for some sectors because workers in these areas have frequent contact with people at risk of developing serious illnesses from COVID-19, or there is an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure.  

About My Vaccine Pass 

My Vaccine Pass is a QR code that can be used to prove your vaccination status. It is the only accepted form of proof. The purple vaccination card you may have received after your vaccination or a vaccination confirmation letter will not be accepted as proof of your vaccination status. 

With a Vaccine Pass, you will be able to access certain events and venues operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system). 

People under the age of 12 years and 3 months are not required to show proof of vaccination. 

Find out about the COVID-19 Protection Framework 

You can request a Vaccine Pass if you: 

  • are aged 12 or over and have had 2 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand. 
  • have been vaccinated overseas with an approved vaccine. 
  • have received 2 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in New Zealand. 
  • have a medical exemption. 

Your 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. 

Your pass will expire 6 months after the date of issue. 

How to get a Vaccine Pass

The quickest way to get a Vaccine Pass is through the website My Covid Record. Requesting your pass only takes a few minutes, and it will be emailed to you within 24 hours. 

Find out how to sign up for My Covid Record 

Once you have signed up to My Covid Record: 

  1. Log in. 
  1. In the ‘Passes and certificates’ section, select ‘Request pass or certificate’
  1. The ‘Select a pass or certificate’ screen will open. Select ‘My Vaccine Pass’ and then select ‘Continue’
  1. In the ‘Your details’ screen, enter the email address that your vaccine pass should be sent to and select ‘Request pass’. 
  1. A confirmation screen will appear. 
  1. You should get an email with your pass within 24 hours. 
  1. When you get the email, you can save the pass to your phone by clicking on the button that says ‘Add to Apple Wallet’ or for Google Pay, ‘Save to phone’. Or you can download and print the PDF. 

If you cannot access My Covid Record, or you would like to request a pass on behalf of someone else, contact the Ministry of Health team by email or phone. 

Phone: 0800 222 478 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) 

Using My Vaccine Pass 

When you will need it 

You need to use My Vaccine Pass to enter a range of events and venues or public settings. These could include: 

  • events 
  • hospitality 
  • close contact businesses, such as hairdressers and gyms 
  • sport 
  • faith-based gatherings. 

The business/event/venue will scan the QR code on your Vaccine Pass with the NZ Pass Verifier app. This app will confirm your vaccination status. You may also be asked to show ID to confirm the pass you are using belongs to you. The app does not store your data. It will not show any information other than your name and date of birth. 

Find out about the NZ Pass Verifier app 

When you will not need a My Vaccine Pass 

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 ferries 
  • schools and early learning service providers 
  • housing and housing support services. 

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 

You will need to apply to the Ministry of Health to have your vaccination record from overseas added to New Zealand’s COVID Immunisation Register (CIR). You need to do this before you can get your Vaccine Pass. 

Who can get an exemption? 

People under the age of 12 years and 3 months are not required to show proof of vaccination. 

If you are unable to get the Pfizervaccinated vaccine for medical reasons, there is an exemption process to get your Vaccine Pass. You will need to talk to your doctor and they will apply on your behalf. 

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