The federal government is speeding up the electronic vaccination pass: On Wednesday, the Federal Ministry of Health sent letters to several companies in which the companies were asked to submit offers for the implementation of an idea for a “digital vaccination certificate”. According to information from NewsABC.net from informed circles, the companies invited include Deutsche Telekom, which is already involved in the development of the Corona warning app. According to “Welt”, Microsoft and several startups were also written to.
As early as next, at the latest the week after next, one of the possible offers should be selected, according to federal government circles. As part of this so-called “urgency award procedure”, the usual lengthy tendering periods are avoided. As Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said at a press conference on Friday, the vaccination certificate could then possibly be available in just under three months.
Vaccination certificate with QR code
NewsABC.net had already reported exclusively on Monday about the corresponding plans for a digital vaccination card in Germany. The idea: if you receive such a passport, for example in the form of a check card, the corona rules continue to apply. But if, for example, restaurants or fitness studios are allowed to reopen, operators would be able to only grant access to vaccinated people. With the help of a QR code on the card, the name of the cardholder and the respective date of birth can be read out. If both match your identity card, you get a table or you can train. The same applies to tour operators: the company alltours has already announced that it will only allow vaccinated people into its hotels in the future.
If other travel providers follow suit, the implementation of a vaccination certificate poses particular challenges. The EU heads of state and government agreed on Thursday at a special corona summit to work together on a solution. The national digital vaccination cards are to be linked within the next three months, said Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the summit. According to EU Council Chairman Charles Michel, the 27 states have come closer and closer together in their ideas. Each country would then decide for itself which rights are linked to the common document.
TUI CEO Fritz Joussen welcomed corresponding vaccination passport plans on Friday: “A European vaccination passport can help restore freedom of travel. There is no doubt about that. With a uniform EU certificate, politicians can now create an important basis for traveling in summer. “
But what do the Germans actually think of the idea if, for example, restaurants, fitness studios, hotels or other facilities only allow access for vaccinated people? According to a representative survey by the opinion research institute Civey for NewsABC.nets, half of the respondents think this is correct, and almost 41 percent think it is wrong. Quite a few people would then also be willing to spend more money on food in a restaurant, for example, if this only allowed access for vaccinated people: According to the survey, that would be one in five Germans.