The Dutch government plans to introduce a digital vaccination certificate against COVID-19 to give more freedom to those who have been immunized and those who carry out negative tests.
As the Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge explains in detail in the NOS chain, the authorities are already developing an “app” in this regard that users can use to travel, eat in restaurants or visit concerts, cinemas and festivals. for example. The minister has estimated that the “passport” could be ready by summer and allow citizens to travel across the European Union.
The main thing, however, is to clarify the legal issues related to the application, which can only show whether someone is immune to COVID-19, but not if they had a negative result in a diagnostic test or if they were vaccinated against the disease .
De Jonge has also made it clear that the Dutch government does not intend to make vaccination against COVID-19 compulsory, not even in an “indirect” way. With that in mind, he has argued that there needs to be “absolute clarity” as to whether those who have been vaccinated can transmit the virus.
So far, the Dutch health authorities have counted 1.1 million people infected with COVID-19, including almost 16,000 deaths from the disease.