EU Digital COVID Certificate Proposal Passed; ROI 'Ready' To Issue Certificates
The EU Digital COVID Certificate proposal has been passed by the European Parliament, and the European Commission has said that the Republic of Ireland is in a "ready" state to issue certificates.
As reported by The Irish Independent, the EU Digital COVID Certificate will be officially implemented on July 1, and will allow individuals who have been fully vaccinated, test negative for COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus to travel within the EU.
As reported by The Irish Times, the European Commission has confirmed that the Republic of Ireland is in a "ready" state to issue certificates.
Minister Of State Ossian Smyth Statements
According to The Irish Times, Minister of State Ossian Smyth confirmed at a conference on Thursday June 10 that the Irish government is planning to implement the EU Digital COVID Certificate on July 19.
Approximately 2.5 million people reportedly are eligible for the certificates at present, as they fall into one of those three groups mentioned in the second paragraph of this article, and Smyth reportedly said that the state is ready to issue one million vaccination certificates to individuals who registered through the Health Services Executive (HSE) portal.
The Irish Times quotes Smyth as saying, "So we can instantly contact one million people by e-mail to say you were vaccinated, you are eligible to have a certificate on your phone, so they will be offered it."
Smyth reportedly noted that an additional 1.3 million certificates will be issued on the basis of data from GPs, and reportedly said, "In terms of recovery certs, we have about a quarter of a million people on our system that we have recorded as having recovered from COVID in the last nine months, so that’s another quarter of a million that we could issue right away."
According to The Irish Times, Smyth also said that the government is working with laboratories to develop certificates to validate negative tests, and cautioned that the EU Digital COVID Certificate is not a travel document, so entry to another EU state could depend on that state's COVID-19-related restrictions.
According to The Irish Independent, the above news comes as new figures from a survey by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal that 47.3% of the individuals who participated in the survey said that they are planning to travel overseas this year and 34.5% of the survey's participants said that they are planning to travel overseas next year.
The remainder of the survey's participants reportedly said that they are currently not thinking about trips overseas.
Additionally, 70% of the survey's participants reportedly said that they are planning to take an overnight stay in Ireland within the next six months, 64.6% of the survey's participants reportedly said that they cancelled overnight overseas trips due to the pandemic and 39.6% of the survey's participants reportedly said that they cancelled trips in Ireland.
The survey was reportedly conducted during the last week of April.
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