A digital barcode to travel freely: what we know about the European Union vaccination passport
The European Union wants to recover its internal mobility and one of the measures is the new vaccination passport. A certificate that will allow entry to another country by stating that that person has been vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency.
According to the document you have had access to The country, the new passport will receive the name of Digital green certificate. A certificate that will be officially presented on March 17 and has been prepared at an exceptional speed, in just three weeks, by various departments of the European Commission.
This is what we know about the health passport with which the European Union wants to facilitate internal tourism for the arrival of summer. A document that will have both a paper version and a digital version.
A free passport with barcode
The new health passport will be offered free of charge. Those vaccinated people can foreseeably request it through the administration in order to obtain a document with which to facilitate mobility through the European Union.
As described by El País, it will be a certificate with a barcode with data in both English and the official language of the country. This certificate can be obtained both digitally and in print, since being a barcode it is independent of the format when it is read.
To obtain the certificate, the person must have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorized by the EMA, but the door is also left open for the different countries to agree to include others.
Among the data that could be included in the passport are the usual ones from the standard passport such as name or date of birth, as well as data on the vaccination status. The document will also detail the information about the vaccine received, the date and place of vaccination. Additionally, certificates are shuffled with details about the result of a test or having passed the Covid-19 and having antibodies, according to explained Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs.
A tool to streamline, but not discriminatory
One of the challenges of this health passport is to offer a useful tool to all countries of the European Union and if possible compatible with other international certificates. Another aspect is data protection. Different experts warned of the risks of health passports like this one to manage mobility. Predictably for this reason, the Digital Green Certificate “It will not be a condition to exercise freedom of movement.”
That is, people who are not vaccinated should enjoy the same freedom as those vaccinated. However, people with this vaccination certificate could get rid of the various mandatory tests or quarantines, thus speeding up the various controls carried out in places such as airports.
“Our goal is to ensure that citizens continue to enjoy their right to free movement, but without endangering public health, simultaneously. We will do everything possible to prevent discrimination against those who cannot be vaccinated, most likely for medical reasons or because they belong to an age group that has not yet been vaccinated, “explained the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
We’ll present this month a legislative proposal for a Digital Green Pass. The aim is to provide:
•Proof that a person has been vaccinated
•Results of tests for those who couldn’t get a vaccine yet
•Info on COVID19 recovery
It will respect data protection, security & privacy
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) March 1, 2021
The vaccination certificate will be issued to all vaccinated people with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Janssen, although at the moment it has not been detailed how it will be made easier for the population to obtain it.
As Didier Reynders, EU Justice Commissioner explained this week, the duration of the Digital Green Certificate should be limited at the end of the pandemic and it is expected to become a “binding instrument” for the entire European Union before the summer.
Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, announced that Spain will be a “pioneer” in the use of the digital certificate. The Government intention is to have it ready before May 19, coinciding with the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR).