From December 3rd, when the country moves to the new Covid traffic light framework, the vaccine path will be part of the day-to-day business.
Under the new framework, vaccinated kiwis have more freedom than unvaccinated kiwis.
The vaccine pass containing the QR code was released on November 17, and more than 1.1 million passes were downloaded in less than a week.
For those who haven’t got the path yet, here’s everything you need to know about how to get the path, how to save it, and where you need it.
To get a vaccine pass, you need to create a My Health account from the My Covid Record website.
To do this, you will need your email address, password, and ID (driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate). You don’t need to know your NHI number to set up an account. The number is automatically detected in the system.
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Once you have an account, you will be able to view your vaccination records. The dates for both jabs are displayed.
The next step is to request a vaccine pass. You will be asked to check some boxes before filling out the request form. Then the path will be emailed to you.
If you don’t have a smartphone or don’t have access to your computer, you can call 0800 222478 to request a pass. If you do this, you will need your NHI number and you may be asked some questions to verify your identity. People can make calls on behalf of someone else, but they need permission to do so.
What if I get vaccinated abroad?
Those who have been vaccinated abroad can add their records to the Covid-19 immunoregistration.
The Ministry of Health has approved 23 types of vaccinations, including Janssen and Modana jabs.
This is done by emailing the province at covid-19overseasvaccinations @ health.govt.nz. This process can take up to 2 weeks.
The ministry does not guarantee on its website that people vaccinated abroad will be fully vaccinated in New Zealand, but that it will automatically qualify for the My Vaccine Pass. It says that it is not.
Where can I store it?
The email containing the pass comes from the Ministry of Health and unity against Covid-19. It includes options for where to store them.
These options are:
Download and save to your mobile phone.
Print it out and carry it around.
Add to Apple Wallet (for iOS devices).
Or add it to Google Pay (for Android devices)
You can add your pass to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay by simply clicking the link in the email.
Consumer NZ states that Google Pay and Apple Wallet are very simple and designed to be used in a hurry, making them ideal for vaccine passes.
You can also create a shortcut to go through your digital wallet. Unique icons allow you to look like an app on your smartphone’s home screen.
“I think this is something people are used to with the Covid Tracer app,” said Nick Gering, a consumer product test writer who specializes in technology.