With COVID cases still at significant numbers both nationally and in Southampton, it's important that we stay vigilant about risks both to ourselves and the community around us. That's why, for our in-person events from now on, we'll be requiring an NHS COVID Pass.
What is an NHS COVID Pass?
An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status. In particular, this proves that at least one of the below are true:
- you've completed a full course of vaccination, and two weeks have passed since your final vaccine
- you've had a negative PCR or lateral flow test within the last 48 hours (which must be reported into the national system here)
- you had a positive COVID test less than 180 days ago, and you completed your self-isolation, so you're likely to have some natural immunity
How is this different from what I needed before?
Previously, the society had required evidence of a negative lateral flow test in the three days prior to attendance. Requiring an NHS COVID Pass makes this process simpler, both for the society committee and for society members.
If you have had both your vaccine doses more than two weeks ago, you should continue to take lateral flow tests twice a week - vaccination does not guarantee that you will not contract COVID. Your COVID pass will come from your vaccines, rather than your tests.
If you have not had both your vaccine doses, or you had the last one less than two weeks ago, please ensure you have taken and reported a lateral flow test within the 48 hours prior to one of our events. You can get lateral flow tests for free from any pharmacy, or you can order them online to be delivered to you.
How can I get an NHS COVID Pass?
If you've never used a COVID Pass before, you can find out how to view yours using this easy guide from the NHS. It should only take ten minutes to set up.
If, for whatever reason, you can't get a digital COVID Pass, you can get proof of your vaccinations by going to the NHS website and requesting a letter, or by calling 119.