NHS Covid Pass now required to enter nightclubs and large venues

The NHS Covid Pass, available through the NHS app, must now be shown to all adults in England in order to enter nightclubs and certain other venues.

The new Covid Pass rules were approved by Parliament in a vote on Tuesday December 14, despite 99 Tory MPs voting against the government’s plans.

The new Covid pass rules that come into effect today are as follows:

  • Over-18s in England must prove they are double-vaccinated against Covid-19, have had a negative PCR or lateral flow test result in the past 48 hours, or have an exemption, to enter major events and places
  • This can be proven via the NHS Covid Pass or with an SMS or email from NHS Test and Trace
  • The rules apply to nightclubs, unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

The NHS Covid Pass was made available on the NHS app in May 2021 and allows people to prove their vaccination status if needed for international travel or if it was necessary to attend major national events.

It was announced last month that booster shots would automatically appear in the NHS Covid travel pass, allowing international travelers to prove their vaccination status.

As the new Omicron variant spreads at an alarming rate, millions have been desperate to book their third Covid jab and protect their party plans.

More than half a million people in England booked their booster shot on December 13, however the large number of people trying to book led to the NHS website struggling.

In a tweet, NHS Digital advised those who were having difficulty to try again at another time.

Online booking for over 30s opened on Monday, while 18 to 29 year olds can now book their encores from today (December 15).

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More information on the NHS Covid digital pass can be found here.

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