Almost 1m EU Digital COVID Certificates To Be Issued By E-Mail This Week
Almost one million EU Digital COVID Certificates will be issued by e-mail this week to individuals who have been fully vaccinated at a Health Service Executive (HSE) vaccination centre.
As reported by rte.ie, the Department of Health said that it expects all of these to be issued by Thursday July 15.
Individuals who have been vaccinated by a GP, at a pharmacy or at a hospital will receive their certificates via post.
Approximately 150,000 certs are reportedly being issued via post daily.
The Department of Health reportedly expects to complete what it called "delivery to doorstep" by Tuesday July 20, and Revenue is reportedly working on 7am to midnight cycle until the job is done.
The Irish Medical Organisation has reportedly said that letters or e-mails from GPs will not be valid as a digital COVID certificate.
Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 will have to request a certificate from a national call centre, which will be run by the Department of Health.
Details of the call centre have yet to be released, but a helpline number for emergency calls is available on 1800 851 504.
Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin reportedly said that the call centre is currently open for emergency calls only and will become fully operational on Monday July 19.
Minister of State Ossian Smyth reportedly said that GPs will not have a role in issuing recovery certificates and individuals who want one will have to contact the national call centre.
Smyth reportedly also said that individuals who do not have proof of a positive COVID-19 infection cannot be issued with a recovery certificate and that the call centre will not be able to facilitate the earlier issuing of digital COVID certificates.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin reportedly said that that the vaccination certifications are being generated by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, using information from the HSE.
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