Anyone who has been vaccinated against Coronas can soon register this on a digital vaccination certificate: from next Monday, pharmacies, among other things, will issue the vaccination certificate.
Digital proof of coronavirus vaccination will be available tomorrow in Germany. A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health said the digital vaccination certificate will be integrated step-by-step into smartphone applications.
Many pharmacies across Germany will for the first time have the opportunity to produce digital evidence of complete vaccination against Coronas. This was announced on Tuesday by the Federal Union of German Pharmacists Associations.
In the future, it will be possible for digital evidence to be delivered directly to medical clinics or vaccination centers and then used via smartphones. Subsequent releases of digital evidence will also be possible - for example at doctors and pharmacies. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, the companion app called CovPass - developed by the Robert Koch Institute and IBM - will be available in advance in app stores.
The digital vaccination certificate can also be integrated into the Coronan warning application. The developers of the virus-tracing app released the current version 2.3.2 in the Apple and Google app stores on Wednesday evening. However, it may take several hours for the update to be visible to all users. In addition, the vaccination certificate will also be given on paper.
Digital vaccination certificate: the certificate is scanned with the CovPass application
In Germany, since the end of May, field tests with digital proof are being carried out in some vaccination centers. It is tested whether citizens can scan the evidence after vaccination with an application. This can then be checked across Europe - for example when traveling. The digital vaccination certificate is not intended to replace the current yellow vaccination booklet, but to supplement it.
Negotiators from EU member states and the European Parliament finally agreed on this vaccination certificate with a QR code about two weeks ago. The majority of MEPs have already voted in favor of the testimony and member states want to finally approve the agreement by the end of the week. Across Europe, the digital vaccination certificate will take effect on 1 July.
Currently, member states are creating solutions for the certificate at national level, which will then be interconnected through the EU platform. For certificate holders, Member States should waive their quarantine and testing obligations, provided that the epidemiological situation allows this. EU countries can also license vaccines for national use in this process, which have not yet been approved in the EU.
The electronic platform for the verification of vaccination certificates across Europe will be launched on 1 July and will contain, in addition to information on vaccinations, information on past tests or infections. Member states can now issue certificates - like Germany from next Monday.
Nine EU countries are already issuing vaccination certificates
Eight other member states are also issuing the EU vaccination certificate, according to a Commission spokesman. These countries are Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain and the Czech Republic.
More than one million citizens in the European Union already have a digital vaccination certificate, EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said on Tuesday. The digital vaccination certificate will "make it easier for EU citizens to exercise their fundamental right to freedom of movement" and is a "practical tool" to enable safe travel in the summer.