COVID-19 vaccine: Exemptions and certificates

What the vaccination exemption process looks like and how My Vaccine Pass will work if you have an exemption.

Last updated: 11 April 2022

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Temporary medical exemption process

In rare medical situations, some people m­­­ay be able to apply for a temporary medical exemption from being vaccinated against COVID-19. This will allow them to get a domestic vaccination status certificate (My Vaccine Pass).

You will need to talk to your usual medical practitioner or nurse practitioner about whether or not you meet the criteria for an exemption.

There are very few people that are unable to get a vaccine due to medical grounds and exemptions should be limited to situations where a suitable alternative COVID-19 vaccine is not readily available for the individual.

Criteria for Temporary COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemptions

If you meet the criteria, your usual medical practitioner or nurse practitioner will apply on your behalf. Applications can only be made by medical or nurse practitioners.

Your application will go through a panel review process. If the application is granted a copy of the exemption will be provided in a letter or email.

A medical exemption is only valid for up to six months.

Temporary medical exemptions granted are only valid in New Zealand.


My Vaccine Pass

If you’re given a temporary medical exemption, you will see a record of this in My Covid Record.

When your pass is scanned at venues your exemption status will not be disclosed to the business. You will be able to gain access like everyone else.

My Vaccine Pass

International Travel Vaccination certificate

An International Travel Vaccination certificate for international travel, will only show any COVID-19 vaccinations that you have had and not your temporary medical exemption, as these are only valid in New Zealand You will need to check the requirements of both the airline you’re traveling with, and the country you are travelling to, for any COVID-19 vaccine requirements, exemption policies and processes.

Proof of your vaccination status 

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