From next week, the EU Digital Covid Certs (DCC) are to be issued to fully vaccinated people from next week either through email or post.
This follows finalised plans from the government which will allow non-essential international travel to resume from the 19th of July for anyone who has a DCC, however, the certs may be extended into indoor hospitality.
According to the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan, the 1.8 million people who are fully vaccinated will receive their certs.
If an individual was vaccinated after registering through the HSE portal, they will receive their documentation through email, however, if an individual received their vaccine from a GP or a pharmacy, they will receive their documentation in the post.
Each document will have a code that can be scanned onto a smartphone.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar stated that a call centre will need to be implemented to help people who don’t get their certificates on time.
Varadkar added that a PCR test may not be necessary when leaving the country but might be upon return.
People who recovered from Covid-19 in the last nine months will need a laboratory confirmation as well as a negative PCR test. It’s expected that proposals will be brought to Cabinet next Tuesday on whether Digital Covid Certs can be used for indoor hospitality.
A number of options have yet to be considered but it’s uncertain as to whether these proposals will be implemented by the 19th of July.
Varadkar stated that although certs are being considered for indoor hospitality, there are difficulties associated with it, he stated, “We wouldn’t have the capacity to carry out tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of PCR tests for people to got to a restaurant or a pub.”