Guidelines on proof of vaccination for medical purposes adopted

They are mostly targeting Covid-19 immunisation but might be used in the future as a basis for proving such status

Photo: EU Stella Kyriakides.

The EU Member States, with the support of the Commission, adopted guidelines on proof of vaccination for medical purposes in line with the conclusions of the two last EU summits, held last December and in January this year.

The aim is to support the interoperability of vaccination certificates, meaning the contents of the vaccination certificates is uniform, and establish a minimum dataset for each certificate.

They also set out the basis for a trust framework to ensure the authenticity and integrity of certificates, on which work will continue in the eHealth Network, including to further specify necessary data protection and security measures.

The guidelines aim for a scheme that can accommodate both paper and digital means, ensuring flexibility and compatibility with existing national solutions, and a rigorous protection of personal data.

Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, praised the adoption of the guidelines on the proof of vaccination for medical purposes.

We need a common approach to vaccination certificates, and I am looking forward to continuing cooperation with the World Health Organization to scale up this tool at global level, she said adding that interoperable vaccination certificates will be an important tool for citizens during the pandemic but also after we have overcome it.

The guidelines were designed as a result of the discussions and reflections in the eHealth Network, as well as first consultations with the Health Security Committee, EMA, ECDC and WHO. They are mostly targeting Covid-19 vaccination but might be used in the future as a basis for proving vaccination status.

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