My Vaccine Pass is the official New Zealand Government vaccination certificate showing your COVID-19 vaccination status for use in Aotearoa New Zealand.
It provides proof you are either fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption for vaccination.
At this time, you must have been vaccinated in New Zealand to request your Pass. Anyone 12 years and over can have a Pass.
Note: no other passes are verifiable therefore there is no benefit in purchasing proof of vaccination status from another source. It’s also worth noting that the purple appointment cards some people were given when they got vaccinated can’t be used as proof.
When do I use My Vaccine Pass?
You will need to use your Vaccine as a part of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system.
There are many public settings where you may be required to show it, like:
- close contact businesses, such as hairdressers and beauticians
- faith-based gatherings.
Businesses may also ask for photo ID when you show your Pass.
You will not need to show proof of vaccination to access essential services like:
- health and disability services
- food banks
- petrol stations
- public transport, for example buses, trains, ferries
- housing and housing support services.
Children under 12 do not need to show proof of vaccination at the moment.
How to get My Vaccine Pass
There are two ways you can get your Vaccine Pass:
If you have already signed up for mycovidrecord.health.nz you can log in and order the Vaccine Pass from there. It will only take a few minutes and your Pass will be emailed to you within 24 hours.
Follow these steps to get your My Vaccine Pass online:
- Log in to mycovidrecord.health.nz
- In the ‘Passes and certificates’ section, select ‘Request pass or certificate’.
- The ‘Select a pass or certificate’ screen will open. Select ‘My Vaccine Pass’ and then select ‘Continue’.
- In the ‘Your details’ screen, enter the email address that your vaccine pass should be sent to and select ‘Request pass’.
- A confirmation screen will appear.
Your My Vaccine Pass will include your name, date of birth and a QR code.
You can save this pass on a digital device like your phone or print a physical copy.
Do not share your pass or email with anyone other than to show someone when being used as a Pass.
You can request your Vaccine Pass by calling the free helpline 0800 222 478. This is available from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. This is an option if you don’t have internet access, or don’t have one of the types of identification My Covid Record is asking for at the moment.
If you don’t have identification, the team will ask questions to identify you. If possible, have your NHI number ready as this will make it faster to get your Pass.
They will send you your Pass in the post or by email.
Once you get your Pass, keep it in a safe place, so it’s ready to use when you need it. Do not give it anyone else for them to use.
Your 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.
How do I get a My Vaccine Pass if I don’t have a smartphone, a computer or internet access?
If you do not have a smartphone or access to a computer call 0800 222 478 to request a My Vaccine Pass – please have your National Health Index (NHI) ready or if you don’t have it we may ask you a few things to confirm your identity – such as your name and date of birth. Someone can call for you on your behalf, but they must have your permission.
Many local libraries have facilities where people can access the internet and print. If you have family or friends who might not have access, see if you can help them access printing.
I notice there is an expiry date after six months? What do I do after that?
My Vaccine Pass is valid for 6 months from date of issue.
This is because booster shots may be required to ensure ongoing protection against Covid, also because Medical Exemptions are only valid for 6 months. If vaccination passes are still required after your pass has expired, you will need to request another one to prove your vaccinations are current.