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COVID-19: Poland will certainly have green certificates by June 25, says official

“By June 25, we will certainly be connected to the EU system of green digital certificates that will facilitate movement in the EU,” Deputy Minister of Health Anna Goławska said in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

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In the interview Ms Goławska explained that it would be an easy-to-read QR code. It should be available in a special application or in paper form. However, this will not be a condition for moving within the EU, but making it easier for its inhabitants, including Poles.

“The certificate will contain information about whether someone is safe in terms of [SARS-CoV-2] coronavirus infection, for example, whether they are vaccinated with a preparation available on the EU market against COVID-19, or whether they are convalescence or whether they have a negative test result” Ms Goławska said.

The deputy minister noted that the code would not include medical information about the patient himself, but about the fact that the person, vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 or has a negative test result is a “safe person.”

At the same time, she stressed that the EU does not plan to establish a central register with patient data at the European level. “Each member state will collect this data in its separate systems. One will be able to read the code using a special application and QR code readers, which will be provided by the relevant services,” she said.

The deputy minister also recalled that Poland notified the European Commission of its readiness to technically verify its readiness and willingness to test the system. The tests are to be scheduled for Poland either from May 21 or May 25. The tests will verify the adaptation of the Polish electronic certification system to the standard set for all EU countries.

The deputy minister assured that the Polish system of certificates should be ready to be launched within the framework of the EU system at the beginning of June. “We are trying to connect to this EU system as soon as possible. The deadline is June 25, but we will be ready at the beginning of the month,” she said.

In mid-March, the European Commission presented the Digital Green Certificate project, which is to facilitate safe and free travel for EU citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft of the certificate has yet to be adopted by the European Parliament and the European Council.


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