EU Digital COVID Cert Expands To Allow Third Country Portal For Inclusion Of Additional Vaccine Dose
According to a statement published on Gov.ie, following the extension of the EU Digital COVID Certificate application service to Irish passport holders who were vaccinated outside of the EU in September of last year, the service has now been expanded to allow this cohort to apply for a new certificate to include their additional vaccine dose.
The statement published on Gov.ie said that applications will be accepted from individuals aged 18 and older who hold a valid Irish passport and reliable proof that they have received both a full primary course of vaccination and a subsequent booster dose of a vaccination type currently authorised for use in, Ireland including Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine (Comirnaty®), Moderna Vaccine (Moderna®), Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine (Vaxzevria® or Covishield), Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine (Janssen®), Coronavac (Sinovac), Sinopharm BIBP, Covaxin, and Novavax (Nuvaxovid)
The statement published on Gov.ie added that the service will be accessible at Covidcertificateportal.gov.ie.
Statement By Minister For Health
The statement published on Gov.ie included a statement from Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, in which he said, "My department, working with teams across government, have been delivering new vaccine certificates to all those who have come forward for their additional vaccinate dose in Ireland. We continue to be committed to our Irish people living outside of the EU and since September, have made it possible for those with Irish passports to access an EU Digital COVID Certificate. I am pleased that today we will expand that service to include additional doses."
Statement By Minister Of State For Public Procurement And eGovernment
The statement published on Gov.ie also included a statement from he Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment Ossian Smyth that said, "As the pandemic has progressed, the EU DCC service has been a vital lifeline to Irish citizens at home and abroad in travelling across the EU as their needs arise. While we have been offering the service to Irish citizens abroad to support them during these challenging times for some time already, we are pleased to now update this service further so certificates are updated with booster vaccine information to facilitate Irish citizens’ travels across the EU during the months ahead."
Statement By Minister For Overseas Development Aid And Diaspora
The statement published on Gov.ie included a statement from Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora Colm Brophy as well, in which he said, "This latest expansion of the EU Digital COVID Certificate application service for Irish passport holders abroad is a very welcome development and a demonstration of our commitment to our diaspora. With access to updated EU-DCCs reflecting booster doses, it will be easier for our diaspora to travel back to Ireland and maintain their links to home. This expansion will be warmly welcomed by Irish communities across the world."
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