Berlin — Germany launched a digital vaccination pass on Thursday that can be used throughout Europe as the continent prepares for a major summer travel season.
The state’s health minister said this week that vaccination centers, doctors’ clinics and pharmacies will gradually begin distributing digital passes to fully vaccinated people. CovPass allows users to download coronavirus vaccination status proofs to their smartphone apps, providing easy access to restaurants, museums and other locations that require vaccination proofs.
Health Minister Jens Spahn said vaccination passports need to be available to all fully vaccinated Germans by the end of this month.
“The goal is that this certificate can also be used in Helsinki, Amsterdam, or Mallorca,” Spahn told reporters in Berlin.
Those who have already been fully vaccinated in the last few weeks should receive a letter with a QR code that can be scanned on their mobile phone or contact a doctor or pharmacy to get a digital pass retroactively. I can.
“In doing so, we, the European Union, have set cross-border standards that do not yet exist elsewhere in the world,” he said, with digital vaccination passes for the revival of international tourism. Added that this is an important step.
The Robert Koch Institute, the national disease control agency, reported Thursday that 47 percent of the population, or about 39.1 million people, had been vaccinated at least once. Almost 24%, or 1990 million, are fully vaccinated.
About 1.3 million people were vaccinated on Wednesday. This is the second highest number per day since the country launched its vaccination campaign at the end of last year.