Brussels (Brussels Morning) Denmark is preparing to roll out a digital coronavirus ‘’vaccine passport’’ in the coming months, WEF reports.
The digital passport for people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should allow them to travel to countries that require such documents during the pandemic.
“It is expected that there may be requirements from other countries to present vaccine documentation upon entry,” the Danish Ministry of Health pointed out, in which case the planned vaccine passport could be used.
The Ministry anticipated the vaccine passport could be introduced in the first months of 2021 but noted that it remains to be determined whether vaccinated people can still be carriers and how long vaccines remain effective.
Last year Estonia revealed it was working on a passport for people who had recovered from COVID-19, but acknowledged there was still uncertainty as to how long they remain protected.
Also last year, the World Health Organisation announced last year it was preparing an e-vaccination certificate, a digital version of the vaccination cards used in many countries.
In November, Australia’s Qantas Airlines announced that it would be limiting its services to vaccinated passengers in the future.
Denmark’s health measures
On Wednesday, Denmark decided to extend its current lockdown by at least three weeks to curb the spread of the new and more transmissible variant of coronavirus, Reuters reported.
Magnus Heunicke, the Danish Minister for Health and Elderly Affairs, said he was concerned that infections are spreading rapidly. “This means that we will see a situation with sharply increasing infection rates later in the winter, if the situation continues as it is now,” he warned.Approximately 3.6% of newly confirmed cases in January in Denmark were of the more transmissible variant, up 1.2% compared to the end of December. The government is advising against travel abroad and has restricted incoming travel.