The Department of Health has launched a new version of the COVIDCert NI app for Northern Ireland citizens who have received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. The app offers separate vaccination certificates for both foreign travel and domestic use.
The app can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet device. Travel certificates will automatically renew one week prior to expiration date. There is a dedicated helpline Tel: 0300 200 7814 and team who will provide support should anyone have issues in verifying their identity or if they need a paper certificate.
It is anticipated the app will be in greater demand ahead of holiday periods – Christmas, half-term, Easter, summer and therefore it is advisable to apply for your certificates now.
Hospitality and entertainment venues in NI are being encouraged to use domestic vaccination certificates on a voluntary basis. Having the domestic certificate on your phone is user friendly and more reliable than using the printed vaccination cards. It also means you don’t have to produce separate proof of ID.
Decisions on whether domestic certification would be introduced on a compulsory basis in Northern Ireland settings will rest with the NI Executive. The Executive’s recently published Covid-19 autumn/winter contingency plan sets out a number of potential contingency measures which the Executive may decide to use including the potential to deploy COVID status certification in higher risk settings if considered appropriate and necessary.