Scammers in the UK are trying to exploit confusion around the end of pandemic restrictions with fake emails and texts that invite to apply and pay for a National Health Service COVID pass.

The NHS COVID Pass was recently launched so people can show their COVID vaccine or test status, which might be needed to travel and gain entry to some events.

But these vaccine passes are actually free. You can download a digital version using the NHS app, or ask for a physical copy to be posted to you.

The fake texts can be especially convincing as the NHS does contact patients using text messages.
  • The best way to avoid text message scams is to never follow the links in texts that claim to be from organisations or companies. The same applies to emails.
  • If you receive a text/email claiming to be from the NHS that you’re not sure about, check the details with your GP surgery or NHS service.