“Without being able to scan the QR code, it is very difficult to prove the actual Covid status of this person. I wonder if they plan to put the technology in place to make Covid passports mandatory later this year?
“It won’t work at the gate and I don’t know of a single member of mine who will be ready to do it on Monday. “
Another source from the advertising industry described QR codes as “totally unnecessary,” adding, “Even the app arrives before Monday, it doesn’t give us time to dive into it again. The whole thing is a last-minute rigging. “
It comes after spectators at Wembley and Wimbledon said the Covid checks system was not fit for purpose as flight attendants simply looked at their Covid passes rather than scanning them.
One wrote on social media that he “might as well have shown off a pizza voucher,” while a Wembley steward told LBC radio that fans were showing up with catches of Covid status screen for other people to access the stadium.
Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, tweeted a photo of himself “showing proof of my vaccination” holding up his phone.
NHSX, the digital arm of the healthcare service, produced a technical support page for an ‘NHS Covid Pass Verifier app’ earlier this year, urging companies to download it.
“The official NHS Covid Pass Verifier app is a secure way to scan an individual’s NHS Covid Pass and verify that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, tested negative, or recovered from Covid -19 ”, indicates the page.
However, the app has yet to launch, with just a few days left before the vaccine passport guidelines take effect.
A government spokesperson said: “The verification app will be available for download from app stores by Saturday, along with comprehensive advice to organizations and sites on how to use both the app. ‘NHS app and verification app. ”