Finland is in the process of preparing a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate available in the My Kanta Pages service. The certificate would show that the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Vaccination certificates would be available in My Kanta Pages
Vaccination certificates would be available in My Kanta Pages. In the first phase, the certificate would be available for those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. However, the plan is that in the future a digital vaccination certificate would be available in My Kanta Pages for all kinds all vaccinations.
The certificate could be digital vaccination data, a barcode, a QR code or a combination of these available in the My Kanta Pages and people could display the certificate on their phones or have it printed on paper.
As some people do not use or are not able to use My Kanta Pages, they can request a paper version of their vaccination certificate from the organisation that administered their vaccine.
The digital vaccination certificate for personal use of individuals
The digital vaccination certificate would be intended for personal use of individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. They could decide themselves how and when to use the certificate.
As of yet, no decisions have been made when or for what purposes people would need to show a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. There is no consensus in the EU or WHO either on the situations where people could be obligated to show a vaccination certificate.
Another plan is that in the future people could get similar digital certificates for other health information, such as laboratory test results.
What is the estimated timetable for the certificate?
The aim is to introduce the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate as soon as possible. The technical implementation and the decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, making the necessary specifications to the Act on the Electronic Processing of Client Data in Healthcare and Social Welfare, should be ready in early spring 2021. The plan is to launch the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate in May 2021.
The Ministry is also preparing a decree to make certificates for all kinds of vaccines available in My Kanta Pages. At the moment, people can request a paper certificate from the administering organisation when they receive a vaccine.
Who is responsible for the implementation of the certificate project?
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare is responsible for the implementation and scheduling of the project.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has the overall responsibility for the project. It is also responsible for the legislative and international work involved.
Kela implements the vaccination certificate and makes the necessary changes to My Kanta Pages. It is responsible for customer services for My Kanta Pages and for informing the public about the new certificate.