Slovakia begins to issue temporary vaccine certificates

So far, those vaccinated have received varying vaccine conformations depending on whether they were vaccinated at a hospital or vaccination centre, with some doctors writing out the vaccination by hand. [Shutterstock/peterschreiber.media]

Slovaks vaccinated against COVID-19 are not yet permitted to travel abroad as Slovakia has yet to provide its citizens with a uniform vaccination certificate.

So far, those vaccinated have received varying vaccine conformations depending on whether they were vaccinated at a hospital or vaccination centre, with some doctors writing out proof of vaccination by hand. 

For this reason, Slovakia cannot participate in international reciprocal agreements on vaccination recognition, making travel to neighbouring countries difficult, even for the vaccinated.

The Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Germany and Slovenia signed an agreement on mutual vaccination certificate recognition which came into force on Saturday. However Slovakia could not join as they do not have a uniformed certificate. 

“It is a mistake, and we have been drawing attention to this since December – when vaccination was launched, so that colleagues from the Ministry of Health could provide a uniform document on vaccination. Somehow it didn’t work out,” State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Martin Klus told private broadcaster Radio Expres. 

The Ministry of Health claims that it will present a solution to the problem in the coming days. 

“I can assure everyone that the people vaccinated as early as this week receive a document that will, of course, be valid when crossing the borders of neighbouring countries,” Health Minister Vladimír Lengvraský announced on Tuesday.

So far, more than 1.4 million people have received a first vaccine dose and approximately half have already received a second dose. About another 220,000 people are currently registered in the online “waiting room“ for the vaccination. (Marián Koreň | EURACTIV.sk) 

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