Voluntary use of the scheme
We have been clear that certification will not be a requirement for public services or other settings that many people have no option but to attend, such as retail, public transport, health services and education.
We recognise that some businesses, outside the regulated settings, are asking people for evidence they have been fully vaccinated as a condition of entry or as a condition of employment.
Businesses which are not covered by the scheme are required to meet their obligations under all relevant law including data protection, the Equality Act and human rights. For more information see the Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance for employers.
Businesses who use COVID vaccination certification as a condition of entry are still required to follow guidance on precautionary measures which everyone should continue to follow.