BERLIN – Germany on Thursday began using a digital vaccination voucher that can be used across Europe as the continent prepares for the most important summer travel season.
The country’s health minister said this week that vaccination centers, doctors’ practices and pharmacies are gradually starting to provide digital passes to fully vaccinated people. With the CovPass, users can download proof of their coronavirus vaccination status to a smartphone app, giving them easy access to restaurants, museums or other places that require proof of vaccination.
The vaccination passport should be available to everyone in Germany by the end of this month, said Health Minister Jens Spahn.
“The goal is that this certificate can also be used in Helsinki, Amsterdam or Mallorca,” Spahn told reporters in Berlin.
People who have been fully vaccinated in the past few weeks receive a letter with a QR code that they can scan with their phones, or they can contact their doctors or pharmacies to get the digital pass retroactively.
“By doing so, we are setting a cross-border standard in the European Union that does not yet exist elsewhere in the world,” he said, adding that the digital vaccination certificate is an important step in reviving international tourism. travel.
The country’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, reported on Thursday that 47 percent of the population, or about 39.1 million people, had been vaccinated at least once. Nearly 24 percent, or 19.9 million people, are fully vaccinated.
On Wednesday, nearly 1.3 million people received a vaccination stop, the second highest daily number since the country launched its vaccination campaign late last year.