The EU gateway for the verification of digital vaccination certificates has started operations. This is the first step towards an EU-wide digital vaccination certificate.
In the EU, the infrastructure is now ready with which a Europe-wide comparison of vaccination records is possible. The European Commission announced this on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. EU countries can use the interface to check the authenticity of vaccination certificates issued in other EU countries. The new system has been tested by 22 EU countries since May 10th and is now available for voluntary use by the member states. In the next step, the agreement reached in May on the EU-wide digital vaccination certificate still has to be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the EU Council. The corresponding regulation is then to come into force on 01 July and apply to the entire EU. However, the member states that still need time to set up the necessary infrastructure at the national level are to be given a transition period.
According to the EU Commission, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Poland, and the Czech Republic want to start using the gateway immediately and issue proof of vaccination or recovery that is compatible with the system. In Germany, this happens via the so-called Covpass app , which was developed by a consortium of companies around the IT giant IBM.
The EU gateway was developed by the Telekom subsidiary T-Systems and the German software company SAP. The EU has specified the technical specifications. With the system, vaccinated and convalescent people receive a proof in the form of a QR code. This can then be carried either on paper or in the form of an app as proof of complete vaccination protection or a survived Covid-19 infection.