Prime Minister Jüri Ratas invited Finland to join the digital vaccination certificate project

11.01.2021 | 17:07

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Stenbock House, 11 January 2021 – Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas talked by phone with his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin about the COVID-19 crisis and the progress of vaccination, and invited Finland to join the digital vaccination certificate project of Estonia and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Estonia and Finland have both joined the European Union joint procurements for obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine, and we have kept a good pace in vaccinating. I invited Finland to join the digital vaccination certificate pilot project that Estonia has commenced in cooperation with the WHO. This would allow to recognise vaccination certificates of different countries quickly and effectively, and thereby improve people’s opportunities for travelling, for example. The project is a part of our long-term plan to create, in cooperation with the WHO, worldwide opportunities for the secure transfer of health records between countries,” Ratas added.

One of the developers of the project is the Finnish company Gofore, and the pilot project utilises the data exchange layer X-road which is already in use between Estonia and Finland. Iceland and Hungary have already consented to participating in the project, and negotiations are ongoing with 14 countries.

In addition, the Prime Ministers discussed border crossing and potential mitigations for passengers who would be able to replace self-isolation with testing. Ratas emphasised that the cooperation of Estonia and Finland in the COVID-19 crisis has been excellent so far. “We have continuously coordinated border crossing and have simplified the rules for essential movement between countries as much as possible, and have kept labour migration open. We are certainly looking for more opportunities to make it even smoother,” said Ratas.

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