Dworczyk: Poland will join the pilot program for EU COVID-19 certificates

by   CIJ News iDesk III
2021-05-19   18:58

Poland will join the pilot program for the operation of the certification system for people vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have tested negative for coronavirus, said the government's representative for vaccination, Michał Dworczyk. The pilot project should start "in the coming days".

"As far as COVID certificates are concerned, this is a European project, in which Poland will also take part. This is a pilot, it should start in the coming days," Dworczyk said during a press conference.

"The pilot will start soon, then the Ministry of Health will present all the details related to the operation of the pilot" - he added.

At the end of April, the European Parliament agreed to introduce a new EU COVID-19 certificate, confirming the right to free movement in Europe during a pandemic, which would be valid for a maximum of 12 months,

The document can be digital or paper-based; is to certify that the person has been vaccinated against the coronavirus or, alternatively, that their test result is negative or that they have recovered from an infection. However, EU COVID-19 certificates will neither serve as a travel document nor become a condition for exercising the right to free movement.

Member States will have to accept vaccination certificates issued in other Member States for people vaccinated with a vaccine authorized for use in the EU by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (now Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen). It will be up to the Member States to decide whether or not they will accept vaccination certificates issued in other Member States for vaccines listed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Certificates will be verified to prevent fraud and forgery, as will the authenticity of electronic seals on the document. Personal data obtained from certificates will not be able to be stored in the target Member States and there will be no central database at EU level.

The list of entities that will process and receive data will be made public so that citizens can exercise their data protection rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.

Source: ISBnews