Vaccination certificate: Which scenarios are being considered ?

Waiting stop from all over Europe. Decisions on the coronavirus vaccination certificate at Commission level.

Our country, however, is preparing for the possibility of issuing this electronic certificate, as from mid-January onwards the vaccination of the general population begins. On the same dates, the relevant electronic platform is expected to be activated, in which the vaccination center will declare which citizens have completed the procedure with the administration of the two doses of the vaccine and are now considered vaccinated. The certificate will include all the details of the vaccinated person, as well as when he was vaccinated. The citizen will be able to access the platform and print the relevant document for personal use.

Clarify that, already, after the first dose of the vaccine is given, the vaccinated people are given a document stating the AMKA, the date of the first dose, the type of vaccine given to them (eg Pfizer – BioNTech vaccine), but also the date of taking the repeat and last dose.

So far, government officials from the Ministries of Health and Digital Government have confirmed that this “vaccination passport” is not intended to be requested by any department or agency. In reality, however, the whole of Europe is on hold, as decisions at Commission level are imminent on the exact use of this “vaccination passport”.

Vaccination passport: What to do with travel

Almost all European countries seem to consent to the use of the vaccination passport in air travel. As mentioned, the holder of the certificate will have greater freedom of movement in tourist destinations, but also relief from the obligation to undergo a test or mandatory quarantine in the countries he visits. For unvaccinated citizens, there will be expanded border control tools.

Although it can be concluded from the above that not only vaccinated citizens will travel in a short time, at the end of November, the Australian airline Qantas became one of the first airlines to publicly announce that in the future it will allow to board aircraft only vaccinated passengers.

Contradictory messages from the World Health Organization

The possibility of issuing “immunity passports” or “vaccination passports” is currently a confused concept. The World Health Organization itself seems to be contradicting its own recommendations.

At a WHO press conference in Copenhagen on 4 December, Dr Catherine Smallwood, WHO Senior Emergency Officer in Europe, referred to the current guidelines:

“We do not recommend immunity passports or tests as a means of preventing cross-border transmission of the coronavirus,” he said. “What we are proposing is for countries to look closely at dispersal data, both within their own countries and beyond their borders, and adjust their travel directions to citizens accordingly,” he said.

However, the WHO itself signed an agreement with Estonia last October on cooperation to develop a digital vaccination certificate – or a “smart yellow card”. The idea behind this project was to strengthen the idea of ​​vaccination in citizens

“For the Vaccine Passport for travelers, we are very careful about the use of technology in response to COVID-19, and one possibility we are considering is how Member States can work together to issue an electronic immunization certificate,” said Dr. Siddhartha Sankar Datta, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Program Manager, WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Vaccination certificate on… smartphone

Airlines and travel agents view this measure positively, as it will allow the restart of a significant part of the economy, especially in our country from the summer of 2021 onwards. Many tech companies are already developing applications such as IBM and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), according to CNN.

Major airlines such as Cathay Pacific, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic have recently launched a partnership with the Common Trust Network, a non-profit initiative and link to the World Economic Forum.

This is the creation of an application for smartphones, called CommonPass, which allows users to create their personal medical history with all the information about Covid-19: the tests they have undergone and their results, the vaccine they have received, but also any hospitalizations. This health certificate will be in the form of a QR code.

Many worry that these “digital credentials” will gradually be required to be displayed in concerts, theaters, cinemas and other cultural and social activities.

When traveling, however, the app promises to offer real convenience, as it will create the conditions for a quick “health permit” from the departure and arrival areas that the passenger has chosen to travel.

A similar application has been developed by IBM. It is called “Digital Health Pass” and allows companies and sites to create their own “indicators” and criteria for the entry of citizens, such as vaccination, Covid tests, and temperature control.

The companies that have designed these applications state that they defend the privacy of users’ sensitive personal data and in fact the users themselves will be able to choose the level of information they wish to provide to the authorities.


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