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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Over 1.3 million EU Digital Covid Certs issued so far

To date, there have been over 1.3 million EU Digital Covid Certs issued via email and letter to fully vaccinated individuals.

The government aims to have 1.8 million certs issued by the 19th of July when non-essential international travel reopens.


According to the Minister of State Ossian Smyth, there have been 940,000 emails and 350,000 letters sent containing the certificate. Of the 940,000 emails that were sent, 7,500 failed to send.

Smyth stated that the 7,500 people who did not receive their email will have to get in contact with the dedicated call centre which will come into operation on the 19th of July.

The majority of the letters are being sent by Revenue, which aims to send between 50,000 to 70,000 letters per day, which will increase this weekend. It is expected that 90% of the certs will be sent by Monday.


Starting from the middle of this week, the certs will be sent out to people who were not included in the initial round because they were vaccinated within the past few days.

Once an individual is vaccinated, the information is uploaded to the COVAX system and then transferred to a “data lake”.

A batch is created once the HSE verifies the data.

After the batch is created, the cert is sent out to people within 1-2 days or 3-4 days, depending on whether the cert is sent by email or post.


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