Irish authorities have revealed that all Irish passport holders who have been vaccinated outside the European Union are eligible to apply for an EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.
Irish passport holders aged 18 or over who have been vaccinated with one of the shots approved by Irish health authorities are eligible to apply for the document, which is mandatory to enter any EU member state, TheSchengen.com reports.
The Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly commented: “I am very pleased to announce that, having continued to work with partners across government, the third country portal for the EU digital COVID certificate is now available to all eligible Irish passport holders who have been vaccinated outside the EU” by the way.
He also noted that more than 23,000 certificates have been issued through the third country portal so far. Moreover, the Minister of Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, welcomed the decision and said that the authorities will continue to support the diaspora to maintain their ties with their homeland.
In other words, vaccination shots recognized as valid in Ireland include:
Spikevax (formerly Moderna) Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca) / Covishield Comirnaty Janssen (requires only one dose)
A mix of these shots is also being recognized, as well as CoronaVac and Sinopharm, which will soon be recognized.
The EUDCC solution was put in place by the European Union in June of this year, and all EU countries have joined in since then. The document was created to facilitate travel amid the ongoing pandemic. The scheme has been in operation since July 1, 2021, and is set to run until June 31, 2022, although the EU Commission is considering extending it.
Furthermore, for a certificate to be considered valid, it must contain the holder’s first and last name, date of birth, country of issue, and a unique QR code.
For vaccinated travelers, the document must include the name of the vaccine, the number of doses and dates of vaccination. For those submitting a test result, the test type, date, test center name and score must be included.
Furthermore, the return certificate, which indicates that the holder was previously infected with COVID-19, must include information such as the date of the positive test result, the name of the certificate issuer, the date of issue and the validity date.
The document is required by the authorities to enter the country and various recreational, cultural and recreational facilities.
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However, Irish citizens are advised to refrain from travel for the time being, as the epidemiological situation has severely worsened in EU member states and Ireland itself. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 43 deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 5,609. Moreover, the number of positive cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic reached 511,045 cases, 3,632 were recently reported.