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Poland starts issuing Covid certificates

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Poland, along with six other EU countries, has decided to connect to the EU’s IT system verifying Covid certificates and has begun issuing them, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

This information was later confirmed by Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski.

The EU digital Covid certificates were proposed in April by the European Commission to facilitate safe and free movement within the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic. All EU countries are expected to introduce this solution on July 1 (with a six-week transition period).

The certificates are available in a special application or in paper form and contain a QR code generated for each citizen. The IT systems will verify the authenticity of the unique QR code.

The certificates attest that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus, has had a recent negative test result or has recovered from the disease.

As of Tuesday, QR codes can be generated on the Internet Patient Account, according to the website run by Poland’s Ministry of Health and the National Health Fund.

Fully vaccinated people holding the EU Covid certificate should be exempt from travel-related restrictions such as testing or quarantine.

The EU Covid certificate is valid in all EU Member States as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

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