CovPass: How the digital Corona vaccination certificate works

CovPass: How the digital Corona vaccination certificate works

Proof of vaccination via smartphone: Complete Covid 19 vaccinations and survived infections can soon also be proven by a certificate on the smartphone.

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    Illustration - The CovPass app logo can be seen next to a vaccination book on a smartphone.
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    The digital vaccination certificate can be picked up at many pharmacies from Monday (14 June) if the Corona vaccination is complete.
From 14 June 2021, pharmacies are to issue the certificate, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) will announce further details this Thursday (10 June). The most important questions and answers:

What is the digital vaccination certificate?

The certificate is an additional way to document one's vaccination status. Vaccinated people can use it - in addition to the yellow paper vaccination certificate - to store their status as well as vaccination data and vaccines on their smartphone. This is a printed document with a QR code or barcode. Via this, the certificate is imported into suitable apps.

What benefits does this offer me?

Basically, all those that a vaccination certificate or a vaccination passport also provides with corresponding entries - for example, exemption from possible testing obligations or quarantine requirements. In addition, digital proof saves having to carry around the yellow booklet or the even larger GDR vaccination books. This way, they do not get damaged and you do not have to report all your vaccinations during a check-up.

Who can get the proof?

Currently, all fully vaccinated persons. On 9 June, that was about 19 million people in Germany, or about 23 percent of the population. In principle, according to the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), all people who are entitled to a vaccination can have the certificate issued in addition to the analogue vaccination certificate.

What will it cost me?

"This is set up by the ministry as a free service," says a spokesperson for the German Pharmacists Association. This applies to those who have been vaccinated. However, the system is not completely free of charge: the pharmacies bill the public health system for the proof.

Where is the certificate available?

Basically, it is to be issued where people have been vaccinated - i.e. in a vaccination centre or in a doctor's practice. According to the BMG, it should be generated there so that vaccinated people can insert it into the corresponding apps. However, those who have already been vaccinated can still get the certificate later, explains the BMG - for example through doctors or from 14 June onwards in participating pharmacies.

How do I find an issuing pharmacy?

Not all, but many pharmacies are to issue vaccination certificates from Monday. The online portal will then show which one is in your place of residence. Until then, only quick-test pharmacies can be found via the portal. The German Pharmacists' Association expects that a limited number of pharmacies will be included on Monday. A look at the portal saves a futile trip to the nearest pharmacy in case of doubt.

What documents do I need for the exhibition?

Those who only have the vaccination proven subsequently need a vaccination certificate or vaccination passport and an official photo ID. After a check of the documents, the proof will then be issued.

Which apps can I use for the proof?

Vaccinated people have a choice: Both the Corona Warn App (CWA) and the CovPass app can save the certificates in the latest version by scanning the QR or barcode on the vaccination certificate. The apps save the certificate locally on the phone.
Both apps run on all current Android and iOS smartphones (operating systems from iOS12 or Android 6). Those who do not have them installed can obtain them free of charge from the respective App Store. They do not differ in the function of the proof. CovPass, however, does not have the contact tracking function of the CWA, which some reject.

How does a verification of proof work?

There will be a verification app for service providers. With it, the proofs can be scanned from the respective display using the smartphone camera. The process will be similar to ticket checks or boarding at the airport. To prevent misuse, the data may be compared with an official photo ID.

What data is stored in the certificate?

According to the BMG, the vaccination certificate contains information on vaccination status, vaccination date, vaccine, the name and date of birth. The data collected is only stored for the creation of the certificate and then deleted. After being read into the app, they are only stored there. There is no provision for central storage. As with the yellow vaccination booklet, it is also a bad idea to share photos of the digital vaccination certificate on social media.

Is it possible to store multiple proofs in one app?

According to the BMG, digital vaccination records of partners and children can also be stored. In the future, it will also be possible to store convalescent certificates in the apps to prove that an infection has been overcome. According to the documentation, the certificates can be scanned from the sheet into the app as often as desired. So you can also use them on several phones. This is also practical if you lose a phone or get a new one.

Will digital proof become mandatory?

No. The yellow vaccination card and the certificates from the vaccination centre or vaccinator are still valid. Those who do not have a digital certificate or do not want one can continue to use the yellow booklet. According to the BMG, this is "a voluntary and supplementary offer".

Can I travel again with the digital vaccination certificate?

The details are still a little unclear. On Wednesday, the EU Parliament gave the green light for a vaccination certificate valid throughout Europe. According to the BMG, the digital vaccination certificate meets the requirements of the European solution "from the outset". The ministry did not want to give more detailed information with reference to a press conference by Minister Spahn on Thursday afternoon.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Thursday, 10. June 2021 09:13 Uhr

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