Published: 2021-02-03 18:49
Last Updated: 2021-04-11 07:16
Wednesday, the Danish government announced the issuance of a so-called 'digital coronavirus passport' to citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the government, this 'passport' can be used to document vaccination and facilitate travel procedures due to restrictions imposed on 'normal' life. According to the acting Minister of Finance Morten Bødskov, the passport will be ready in three to four months to use for "things like business trips."
According to the local Danish News Agency, the exact practical applications of the digital passport are still under consideration, but its primary purpose is to facilitate a reopening of society.
Bødskov said, “We are taking the first steps so that, before the end of February, you will be able to see your vaccination on [the online health services platform] Sundhed.dk.”
The government will decide on the exact applications of the passport once it has been fully released, depending on the pandemic situation at that time, he said. “It will be an extra pass you can have on your mobile phone which documents you have been vaccinated,” he said.
Notably, on Jan. 19, the Russian region the Republic of Bashkortostan previously introduced similar plans to implement ‘anti-COVID passports’ for residents who have been vaccinated in attempts to transition into “post-COVID normality”.