It is a free pass issued by the Ministry of Health via My COVID Record.
Under the COVID Protection Framework you will be required to show My Vaccine Pass as proof of vaccination status in a range of public settings such as events, hospitality, retail, community, sport, and faith-based gatherings.
You do not have to show proof of your vaccination status to access supermarkets, pharmacies, health services, food banks or petrol stations.
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.
If you don’t have access to the internet/computer or have a temporary medical exemption*, you can call 0800 222 478 to request a My Vaccine Pass - we may ask you a few things to confirm your identity – such as your name and date of birth.
Note: if you have a temporary medical exemption, your details won’t be entered into the system until 26 November.
You do not have to show proof of your vaccination status to access supermarkets, pharmacies, all health and disability services, food banks or petrol stations. Proof of vaccination status is also not required in education settings, on all public transport (other than air travel), accessing housing and housing support services under state sector agencies.
For children under the age of 12, there is no requirement to show proof of vaccination status.
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 printing. If you have family or friends who might not have access, see if/f you can help them access printing.
Our national call centre has a number of language options immediately available through the team members. For other languages not available at the time of call, call advisors have access to more than 40 certified language interpreters through NOCALL, an Australian-based service that the call advisor will connect the person to. Services can also be accessed via the New Zealand Relay Services for people who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and speech impaired.
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.
It’s anticipated that the need for proof of a vaccine certification when travelling internationally will be in place for years to come.
You do not have to show proof of your vaccination status to access supermarkets, pharmacies, health services, food banks or petrol stations. For children under the age of 12, there is no requirement to show proof of vaccination status.
The date for a booster shot to be included as criteria for My Vaccine Pass as part of the definition of “fully vaccinated” is to be determined, requiring further advice from CVTAG.
You have to apply for this information to be included in your records, this will take up to 14 days and people will need to provide proof of the vaccines and dates administered so they can be entered into the COVID-19 Immunisation Register.
While all 23 vaccines are able to be recorded, these do not mean that you will be eligible for the My Vaccine Pass. At this stage, from the week of 26 November, there are 8 approved vaccines that can be used as proof of vaccine status when applying for My Vaccine Pass.
- Janssen (Johnson and Johnson)
- AstraZeneca (Oxford)
- AstraZeneca/Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac)
- Covaxin (Bharat Biotech)
You can 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 need to ask you a few things to confirm your identity – such as your name and date of birth.
For overseas arrivals: currently those coming into the country do get issued with an NHI on arrival as they go into our MIQ system.
International vaccine certificates Q&As
Consult the official website or the nearest embassy/consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls that may apply to you before travelling.
EU DCC formatted certificates, including NZs, are being widely recognised by countries outside of the EU DCC system, including Australia and USA.