International travellers who have received their booster Covid jab are now able to prove their vaccination status via the NHS App.
Proof of having a third jab will now automatically show up in the digital travel Covid pass for users in England from November 19 and from 29 November for those in Wales. Booster and third doses will not be displayed in the domestic Covid pass as it is not a current requirement in the UK to receive a third jab in order to qualify as fully vaccinated.
The NHS Covid Pass, which is available via the NHS App, enables people to show their vaccination details or test results. Since Covid-19 passports became available on the NHS App in May 2021, almost 20million people have downloaded the app.
Health and social care secretary, Sajid Javid, said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to show their vaccine status if they are travelling abroad.
“This update to the NHS Covid Pass will mean people can have their complete medical picture at their fingertips if they are going on holiday or seeing loved ones overseas.
“Getting a top-up jab is our best defence against this virus and I urge all those who are eligible to come forward and get boosted.”
Over 13 million booster vaccinations have now been administered in the UK and by adding proof of third jabs to the Covid pass means those with maximum protection can travel to countries including Israel, Croatia and Austria, who have already introduced a time limit for the validity of the Covid-19 vaccine for quarantine free travel.
Vaccines minister, Maggie Throup, added: “Getting a booster is the best way you can protect yourself ahead of winter and it’s great those who have come forward can now demonstrate their vaccination status through the NHS Covid Pass if they are travelling overseas.
“It has also never been easier to book your booster, with walk-in sites open across the country and appointments available to pre-book a month before you are eligible for your top-up.
“For anyone who hasn’t yet had their jab, come forward as soon as possible for maximum protection ahead of Christmas.”
Disclaimer: Digital Health News is a news service run by a team of journalists. We are not part of the NHS, nor are we affiliated with the NHS or any other healthcare provider in the UK.
More information about the NHS digital Covid pass can be found here.