More than a million people have downloaded the NHS app since Covid-19 passports were launched into the service.
The app already has 4.8 million registered users, of which 1.3 million are new users of the app, as transportation secretary Grant Shapps announced it would be used for Covid-19 passports on May 7th.
The vaccine passport allows people to prove their vaccination status if needed for international travel. The app also has a feature that allows users to check their vaccine record, including the doses they have had and what they have received.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The technological and innovative advances we have made throughout the pandemic have real consequences beyond fighting this virus: they are improving the treatment, diagnosis and care of patients.
“The pace we have brought to fruition is unmatched and brings immediate benefits to our wider health service.”
The NHS app allows users to access various NHS services from their smartphone or tablet. It was launched in 2018 and offers services that include symptom checking and triage; appointment booking; repetition of orders with prescription; access to patient records; deactivation of national data; and organ donation preference.
The app already allowed users to check their vaccination record if their GP allows it. Now this service includes vaccination status against Covid-19.
Figures provided to NHS Digital’s Digital Health News on May 12 revealed that the app had over 3.5 million users, but only 2.5 million of those users have fully verified their identity to allow ‘ls access the services provided by the application.
Since the announcement of vaccine passports, the total number of users has risen to 4.8 million.
Matthew Gould, NHSX CEO, said: “This has been raised in a matter of weeks, by a team that works every hour to make sure we offer an easy-to-use service on time.
“We are really pleased with how it has been received, and even more pleased to see so many people using the NHS’s online services.”
The announcement of vaccine passports has also motivated app users to collaborate with other online NHS services.
Since May 17, when vaccine passports were published on the NHS application, there have been more than four million logins and more than 90,000 people have used the service to request repeated prescriptions.
Between May 17 and 20, more than 11,000 people registered an organ donor preference through the app, with a daily average of 2,870. It marks a tenfold increase in the number of people registering an organ donation preference in April, which on average was about 300 per day.
There were also more than 8,000 appointments booked through the NHS app in the same four days, double the April daily average.
People will still have to “register” at the sites using the QR code scanner from the NHS Covid-19 app, in addition to using it to check for symptoms and enter test results.
For more information on Covid-19 passports and how they will work, you can do so read our teller here.