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NHS vaccine passport service falls offline hours after Boris says public will need them

That’s not a good start! NHS Covid pass is DOWN hours after Boris says public will need them to access venues under Plan B

  • Boris Johnson said vaccine passports would be needed to get into night clubs
  • They will also be compulsory for other large venues, such as sporting events
  • But Britons are  currently unable to access passes online and on the NHS app 


The NHS‘s vaccine passport service went offline this evening, just hours after Boris Johnson said the controversial safety measure would be compulsory to access night clubs.

The Prime Minister announced on Wednesday evening the imposition of Plan B measures to control the spread of the Omicron variant. 

Along with urging people to wear masks and work from home wear possible, the PM said vaccine passports would be needed to get in to night clubs and other large venues. 

But users who tried to access their pass on the NHS’s website were greeted with a ‘please try again later’ notice this evening. 

A message added: ‘There are currently issues with accessing the Covid Pass on the NHS App and website. We are investigating the issue and will update as soon as we can’.

The website and app for the NHS’s vaccine passport system suffered technical problems this evening, just hours after Boris Johnson said the controversial safety measure would be compulsory to access night clubs

The NHS's official twitter account announced the issue shortly before 8pm

The NHS’s official twitter account announced the issue shortly before 8pm 

The NHS’s official twitter account announced the issue shortly before 8pm.

At a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson said vaccine passports are being brought in for larger events and nightclubs, so that people can prove they are double-jabbed.

Venues include those indoors that are unseated with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue hosting more than 10,000 people. 

It means that football and other sports fans will need to a Covid pass to attend matches where crowds of more than 10,000 people are in attendance. 

Two vaccine doses will be treated as fully-vaccinated but this will be kept under review because of the booster programme. 

A negative lateral flow test will also be sufficient. 

Some users who discovered the flitch took to social media to complain about the issue

Some users who discovered the flitch took to social media to complain about the issue 

Others highlighted how both the website and app are taking them to an information page detailing how to get a vaccine passport. Usually, the pass will automatically show up in the app and online if users have had their coronavirus vaccinations

Others highlighted how both the website and app are taking them to an information page detailing how to get a vaccine passport. Usually, the pass will automatically show up in the app and online if users have had their coronavirus vaccinations

The rules are coming into affect from Wednesday, December 15.   

Some users who discovered the flitch took to social media to complain about the issue.

One demanded: ‘Get this updated as a matter of urgency would you?!?!?’

Another added: ‘What about when this happens when it matters? Are you going to refund people if they are refused access to a venue?’. 

Others highlighted how both the website and app are taking them to an information page detailing how to get a vaccine passport. 

Usually, the pass will automatically show up in the app and online if users have had their coronavirus vaccinations.  

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