NHS COVID-19 app: QR code posters optional for community pharmacy

NHS COVID-19 app: QR code posters optional for community pharmacy

September 23, 2020

The long-awaited NHS COVID-19 app is due to launch tomorrow (24th September 2020). It will be heavily promoted to members of the public, as the Government sees this as a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England.

The Government is encouraging businesses and organisations, such as hospitality services, to display official NHS QR code posters at their venue entrances to help support contact tracing.

NHS COVID-19 app users will then be able to scan (check-in) as they enter a venue. This means that if people visit the venue and later test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time may be sent an alert, if local public health teams think this is necessary.

Community pharmacies are not required to display NHS QR code posters but may do so, according to Government advice.

Government advice on which venues should display the official QR poster states that for community pharmacy:

‘Customers generally move around the space rather than congregate, and are expected, by law, to wear face coverings. QR codes are therefore not required but can be used if a community pharmacy wishes to offer this option.’

If community pharmacies provide flu vaccinations at other premises, for example, a community centre, an NHS QR code poster may need to be displayed and a log of those attending may need to be kept.

NHS COVID-19 webpage

Further information for businesses


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