The digital vaccination certificate will soon expire for the first users in the Corona apps. Affected people need to know that now.
Many digital Covid vaccination certificates are about to expire – you need to know that.
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Updated June 2nd, 2022:
The digital vaccination certificates in the Corona-Warn-App will soon expire for the first users (you can read more about the background later in this report). There is now a technical solution for renewing these certificates with the release of the Corona-Warn-App 2.23.
Corona-Warn-App 2.23: Digital certificates can be renewed directly in the app
From this version, users can now renew the expiring digital vaccination and recovery certificates directly in the app. However, it should be noted that the certificates can be renewed in the app up to 28 days before expiry and up to 90 days after the certificates expire. You can find more information here in the blog of the Corona-Warn-App developers.
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Original message from May 27th, 2022:
The digital vaccination certificates in the Corona-Warn-App and in the CovPass-App will expire for many people in the next few weeks. Everyone who does not receive a third vaccination against Corona is affected. Their certificates then expire in the apps – depending on the date of issue in 2021 – from mid-June.
There is a technical reason why the digital certificates expire, because the digital vaccination certificates after the second vaccination are only valid for 365 days since the last vaccination and then expire automatically. The Corona-Warn-App and CovPass-App therefore start informing the users 28 days before the digital vaccination certificates expire. On the other hand, if you have been vaccinated three times and thus also received the so-called booster vaccination, you do not have to worry, because these vaccination certificates are valid indefinitely.
So what is to be done if the corresponding message appears in the Corona-Warn-App or CovPass-App?
The simple answer: nothing. In this FAQ, the Robert Koch Institute points out that users of the apps will soon be able to update the digital vaccination certificates themselves via the Corona-Warn-App or the CovPass-App. “You will soon be able to carry out the necessary new issue yourself in the app with just a few clicks,” says the FAQ.
Before the certificates expire, there will be an update in the app stores with the function for reissuing the digital vaccination certificates. So there is no need to go to a pharmacy or vaccination center to have the certificates renewed. But of course this is possible.
Third vaccination becomes mandatory
In Germany, all people who have received two vaccinations are generally considered to be fully vaccinated. However, the Robert Koch Institute points out an amendment to paragraph 22a of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG), which will come into force on October 1, 2022. From this point on, three vaccinations or, for example, two vaccinations and a proven recovery are usually necessary. You can find more information on this in the FAQ under “Who is considered fully vaccinated in Germany?”.
In principle, the Robert Koch Institute recommends a third individual vaccination for all people who have already been vaccinated twice. Even if you have been vaccinated twice and then become ill and recovered.
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