More ways for New Zealand citizens to get COVID-19 travel pass now
The New Zealand Ministry of Health has offered more options for citizens to obtain their COVID-19 travel passes.
In a press release, the government noted the “unprecedented” request for assistance in generating My Vaccine Pass, the country’s official record on COVID-19 vaccine status, which can currently be obtained online or by mail. So far, it has issued two million passes to more than half of those fully vaccinated.
Considering the huge volume of requests, “we have increased the capacity of our call center to assist customers wishing to set up their My COVID record, verify their NHI number or generate their My Vaccine Pass,” said Michael Dreyer, head of the National Digital group. Services to the Ministry of Health. Three call centers are now operating with extended opening hours, he added.
Over the next few days, citizens will also be able to visit their local pharmacy to request their Mon Vaccin Pass. According to Dreyer, around 400 pharmacies that vaccinate people will also help them get their vaccination cards.
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Earlier this month, the Department of Health awarded a contract to an Auckland-based IT service provider MATTR to develop vaccination cards for domestic and international use. Both passes can be stored in a QR code which can be printed or downloaded to smartphones.
Under the new COVID-19 protection framework, citizens are required to show proof of vaccination to access places in the country. Later this week, the New Zealand government will launch the new ‘traffic light’ framework, which represents the next phase in its handling of COVID-19. “The framework gives us a world where we are freer to move and live with less disruption and provides the stability businesses need to plan for the future,” he said.