Digital Vaccine Passport
The European Union digital certificate for COVID-19 has been officially released today. The certificate allows people to show evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination, a recent negative test result, or a previous COVID-19 infection.
The certificate, which includes a QR code and digital signature, can be displayed on a digital device or printed. Certified people do not have to take an additional COVID-19 test or quarantine when traveling to the EU. The certificate only recognizes COVID-19 vaccines approved in the EU, including AstraZeneca, Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Several EU countries already issue and recognize the certificate. Germany, for example, announced in mid-June that it had already issued 5 million certificates. There will be a six-week staged period for the rest of the EU member states to connect to the network.
Countries outside the EU, such as the UK, have begun deploying their own systems. England has its own pass for COVID-19 through the National Health Service (NHS), which can also provide evidence of vaccinations, recent test results or previous infection. Residents of Scotland and Wales can obtain a paper version. The EU does not currently recognize the NHS pass, although some individual countries within the EU do, and this may change as countries work to ensure system compatibility.
Some US states (such as New York) have their own COVID-19 vaccine certificates. Walmart has released a digital recording for people vaccinated at its stores. But the United States does not have a nationwide system. In March, the Biden administration worked on plans to organize and rationalize various certification projects. Google announced yesterday that it is adding support for vaccine maps to Android.