7 Q&A about new digital Covid

1- Are we there yet?
Nearly. Vaccinated people will begin to receive digital Covid certificates for travel in the European Union from Monday as part of an EU-wide Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) scheme.

2- Does that mean the world will suddenly open up to me again?
No. But at least some of it will be easier to get to within the next couple of weeks. There will still be significant restrictions on travel for some time to come, mind you.

3- What do you mean?
For a start, the system, as it stands, applies to countries in the EU only or those closely aligned with it. And it will only allow relatively unrestricted travel for people who have been fully vaccinated, those who can prove they have recovered from Covid-19 within the past six months, or people who can produce a negative Covid-19 test within a particular timeframe.

4 -Who is in charge of the scheme in Ireland?
Oh, everyone. The project has been led by the Department of the Taoiseach with vaccine data provided by the Health Service Executive. There has been public health input from the Department of Health. And the whole thing is to be validated by the Department of Justice.

5- So with that many people involved it will all work very smoothly, right?
Ha! We are being prepared for some hiccups along the way. The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has already said there could be “teething problems” and delays. He has advised people travelling to allow plenty of time.
“Do your planning,” he told RTÉ radio, adding that people would be dealing with two sets of rules – in Ireland and in the country to which they were travelling.

6- How much will the cert cost?
It will be free of charge, as under EU rules it should be easily available to everyone.

7- What information will be stored on the Covid certificate?
It will contain only the necessary information such as name, date of birth, date of issuance, relevant information about vaccines, tests or recovery and a unique identifier. This data remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when a certificate is verified in another member state.

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