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Finland wants digital vaccination certificate ready by end of April

According to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the preliminary cost estimate for the electronic vaccine certificate is 3.5 million euros.
17 February 2021, Spain, Bilbao: A healthcare worker from the private sector receives a dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine at IMQ Zorrotzaurre clinic. Photo: -/H.Bilbao via EUROPA PRESS/dpa
A healthcare worker from the private sector receives a dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Bilbao (Spain). Photo: H. Bilbao/dpa.

In its meeting on 16 February, the Finnish government received a briefing on the preparation of new updates to its action plan to tackle the coronavirus epidemic.

According to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Government also received a report on the preparations for the new electronic vaccination certificate.

The vaccination certificate will be connected to the My Kanta (Omakanta) medical information service, the government said. The Covid-19 vaccination certificate could be a bar code or QR code displayed on a mobile phone, and it could also be printed on paper.

The preliminary cost estimate for the electronic vaccine certificate is 3.5 million euros. The goal is to have the electronic vaccination certificate ready for use by the end of April.

Situation changing

The Government was also briefed on the epidemiological situation. According to the experts’ assessment, the situation in Finland is currently two-fold, and the regional situations are fluctuating rapidly in different directions.

Prevention measures have been successful in many areas, and the situation at the national level is fairly stable in terms of the number of cases and the incidence of the epidemic. However, several localities have also reported mass exposures that have led to extensive transmission chains.

"It is still possible that we will see a sudden deterioration of the situation throughout the country, especially as the threat of the spread of new virus variants among the population remains significant. The situation is not over yet, and we must be prepared to tighten the restrictions if necessary, but at the same time, we have to set our sights on our gradual exit from the epidemic and the safest possible reopening of society," the Ministry says.

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