Getting ready for the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Update: The COVID-19 Protection Framework is now in place. For regularly updated information about operating under the Framework visit our COVID-19 Protection Framework page.

COVID-19 Protection Framework

For the most up to date information about My Vaccine Pass and the COVID-19 Protection Framework please visit the Unite against COVID-19 website.

My Vaccine Pass(external link) — covid19.govt.nz

COVID-19 Protection Framework(external link) — covid19.govt.nz

For the latest Information on vaccines in the workplace please visit the Employment New Zealand website 

Vaccines and the workplace(external link)  — Employment New Zealand

Below is the latest business specific information about the use of My Vaccine Pass and the soon to be released, NZ Pass Verifier smartphone app.

Use of My Vaccine Pass for businesses

My Vaccine Pass is not yet legally required for entry to premises and staff will not be required to check the My Vaccine Pass of people entering these premises until the COVID-19 Protection Framework is live.

In the meantime, businesses should continue to operate under the appropriate alert level guidance for their region and talk to their employees about vaccination and what the general rules for their business will be.

My Vaccine Pass will look the same for both vaccinated individuals and those who are medically exempt. This is to ensure that those who are medically unable to be vaccinated will not be discriminated against and the privacy of their personal information is protected.

Further guidance will be coming to businesses once final decisions on the Framework are made and this will be available on business.govt.nz

Use of Verifier App for businesses

The Ministry of Health has built a free verifier app called NZ Pass Verifier which is available on the App Store and Google Play, for companies to use to scan and verify a My Vaccine Pass.

NZ Pass Verifier will be available to download before we move into the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

When My Vaccine Pass will be required

Requiring a My Vaccine Pass will be optional for many locations. There will be some higher-risk settings where they will be a requirement in order to open to the public.

At all levels, businesses, retail, and public facilities will generally be able to remain open for vaccinated people.

Businesses, events, organisations, community, and a range of sectors may legally choose to implement a vaccination entry requirement for customers.

If a business, organisation or service does not wish to request proof of vaccine, they will have to operate with strict limits on capacity and space requirements. They may need to close in Orange and/or Red levels.

  • Businesses that do require proof of vaccination status - My Vaccine Pass - should verify each customer’s My Vaccine Pass.  This includes businesses who choose to operate under My Vaccine Pass rules in order to be open (such as hospitality).

  • The NZ Pass Verifier is available to help businesses scan the My Vaccine Pass to ensure its valid. 

  • Businesses who have opted to require My Vaccine Pass, for example after having completed a health and safety risk assessment, should verify each customer’s My Vaccine Pass.
  • Some businesses are prohibited from asking for or scanning passes, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, all health and disability services, food banks or petrol stations.
  • Some businesses who are not requiring staff to be vaccinated may choose not to require My Vaccine Pass for entry. For example, retail businesses may not.

How you use the verifier app will depend on your sector or the choices you have made about how you will operate under the new framework.

Customers wanting to enter a business that is requiring the My Vaccine Pass are obligated to provide their My Vaccine Pass to be verified, when asked.

Once final decisions are made, more detailed guidance will be available about verifying passes.

Integration of the verifier app for businesses

If you want to integrate the QR code scanner into your existing smartphone apps or ticketing operations, or are interested in how to offer this service, information on the specifications and other documentation is available on the Ministry of Health’s Github repository. If you would like to talk to the team, please email integration@health.govt.nz

Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora Github(external link) — Ministry of Health

Smaller businesses may wish to download the verifier app onto a smartphone or tablet to use on entry to their businesses.

For technical information about the verifier app read the technical specification on the Ministry of Health website.

NZ COVID Pass - Technical Specification v1(external link) — Ministry of Health