European Commissioner Thierry Breton, who is responsible for vaccines, presented on Sunday the future European health certificate, which will be valid from June 15.
Breton showed the certificate on the French TV channel LCI.
“From the moment we can be sure that every European who wants to get vaccinated will have equal access to the vaccine, it will be good that we can have a mechanism, a certificate that demonstrates your state of health,” he said, holding up an image of the future document.
According to the European Commissioner, the document will contain the date of birth, passport number, certified by a QR code, the type of vaccine, if the person was vaccinated, and whether the person was sick with coronavirus and the presence of antibodies.
This certificate can be downloaded to a smartphone or printed in a paper version, and it will be valid from June 15, 2021.
The European Commissioner assured that its use will remain “voluntary”. “If you don’t want to get vaccinated, you won’t have it,” he warned.
According to him, for those who do not want to be vaccinated, the option of mass deployment of rapid tests is being considered, the results of which – negative – will be necessary, for example, to get on a plane or attend an event.
To the accusations of covert coercion, particularly for travel, Breton replied: “Those who do not want to receive a certificate will be able to continue to benefit from the opportunities offered. If they are required to have an appropriate health condition for a particular action, they will be able to pass quick tests.
The certificate has yet to be formally agreed upon between the Member States.
Recall, on March 17, the European Commission presented a draft of “digital green certificates” (Digital Green Certificate), which should simplify free movement within the bloc.
On March 25, members of the European Parliament decided to speed up the vote on the proposal.
Most of all, countries whose economies depend heavily on tourism are hoping to launch “vaccination passports”, thus hoping to partially “save” the next season.