As the Prime Minister was hosting a Downing Street news conference many users saw an error message appear, saying: “Too Many Requests” as they tried to navigate through the mobile application. Later on in the evening, the message changed to: “Please try again later.
“There are currently issues with accessing the COVID pass on the NHS App and website.
“We are investigating the issue and will update as soon as we can.”
The pass, commonly referred to as a vaccine passport, will be made mandatory for people visiting nightclubs and at venues with large crowds.
The pass will be proof that either the person has received both doses of the vaccine or has received a negative result at a lateral flow test.
These include unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people.
The NHS said it was “aware of an issue affecting access to the NHS COVID Pass on the NHS app and website”.
It added on Twitter: “This is being investigated as a priority and will update as soon as we can.”
Several people reported having problems with accessing the pass.
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On Wednesday, the PM confirmed that England will move to Plan B following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK.
Urgent work has been ongoing to understand the impact of the new variant with regards to vaccines, treatments and transmissibility.
Early indications showed a large number of concerning spike protein mutations as well as mutations in other parts of the viral genome.
The most recent data suggests that Omicron has a very high growth rate and is spreading rapidly.