Vaccination certificates are coming soon. They will act like a ‘passport’, allowing you access to a range of public settings like, shops, events, hospitality, sporting events and faith-based gatherings.
There will be different vaccination certificates depending on whether you are using them within New Zealand, or for international travel. The QR codes will be different, and your international certificate will have more personal information.
You will be able to either print or save the QR codes on your smartphone in your Apple Wallet or Google Pay.
The following if from the government’s www.covid19.govt.nz website:
Domestic digital vaccination certificate
From late November 2021, everyone in New Zealand will be able to access a digital vaccination certificate. This will include a QR code, which you can print or save to your phone.
You may be required to show this as proof of vaccination in a range of public settings. This could include:
- faith-based gatherings.
Requiring vaccination certificates will be optional for many locations.
You will not be required to show proof of vaccination to access supermarkets, pharmacies, health services, food banks and petrol stations.
There will be options available for people who do not have a smartphone or access to a computer.
Children under the age of 12 will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
There will be an exemption process to get certification for the small number of people who are unable to get a vaccination for medical reasons.
International digital vaccination certificate
From late November 2021 you will be able to download a digital certificate as proof of vaccination for international travel.
You can choose to print this and carry it in your passport or save it on your phone or laptop. These certificates will meet international standards.
If you need proof of vaccination before the end of November, you can request a letter from Ministry of Health which confirms your vaccination status — this takes up to 10 working days.
How to request proof of your vaccination
If you cannot access My Covid Record, or if you are travelling before vaccination certificates are available, you can request a vaccination letter from the Ministry of Health.
We recommend waiting until you have had 2 doses before requesting a vaccination letter. If you request a letter after your first vaccination, it will only show proof of 1 vaccination.
How we record your vaccination
When you get vaccinated, we record the details in the national COVID-19 Immunisation Register (CIR).
- your name, birth date, gender and National Health Index (NHI) number
- your address and contact details
- details about the vaccination/s you receive
- any reactions you have to the vaccine.
The CIR will also record if you decide not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.