German health officials on Thursday unveiled the country’s version of the digital vaccination card COVID-19, a smartphone app that allows fully vaccinated Germans to prove their status.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has told reporters in Berlin that fully vaccinated Germans can use the app, known as the CovPass, on their smartphones to give them access to restaurants, museums or other venues that prove vaccination required.
The health minister said that people who are vaccinated will receive a letter or certificates by email to upload it to the app, and people who have already been vaccinated will get theirs retroactively. He said it would take time to get everyone out, but he said certificates and the app should be available to everyone in Germany by the end of June.
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Spahn said that the yellow page vaccination certificates issued by the WHO would also continue to be honored. But he said the idea is to use an app that is compatible with similar apps to those being launched elsewhere in Europe.
“The aim is that this digital vaccination certificate can be read in Helsinki, Amsterdam or Mallorca. With that, we as the European Union set a standard, which so far does not exist in countries,” he said.
The European Parliament on Wednesday approved a measure to establish a digital COVID-19 certificate that allows those who have been fully vaccinated to travel through the block.
Meanwhile, the country’s Koch Institute for Disease Control (SCI) reported on Thursday that 47 percent, or 39.1 million people in Germany, had at least one shot and that 23.9 percent – or 19.9 million people out of the 83 million inhabitants of the country have been fully vaccinated.
The RCI reports that nearly 1.3 million people have received a vaccine against the coronavirus since Wednesday, giving it the second highest number of injections in a single day since the country launched its campaign.