Government Submits Proposal on the Coronavirus Passport to Parliament; Could Come Into Effect in October
The government has submitted to Parliament a proposal on the nationwide use of the EU Digital Covid Certificate or the Covid-19 passport.
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On Tuesday, the government submitted a proposal on the nationwide use of the coronavirus passport to Parliament.
The idea is that the passport would function as an alternative to the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the government, the Regional State Administrative Agencies and the municipalities.
The passport would serve as an alternative in situations where the event or premises in question would be subject to restrictions, should the pandemic situation become worse. Such restrictions could include restrictions on opening hours or the number of participants at events.
“The idea with the coronavirus passport is that the society stays open when the necessary number of people [80%] have been vaccinated,” Krista Kiuru (the SDP), the minister of family affairs and social services, said in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
“In that situation, restrictions are not required to run the everyday life, and so the coronavirus passport is not necessary,” Kiuru added.
According to the government proposal, people aged 12 or older could be required to present a coronavirus passport. Currently, people aged 12 or older are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine in Finland.
The coronavirus passport could come into effect in October.
The Covid-19 passport refers to the EU Digital Covid Certificate, which is available in the My Kanta Pages. If necessary, people can also obtain a paper version of the certificate from healthcare providers.