From 23 June, people who have been vaccinated can access locations and events in the Netherlands via the Coronacheck app. Demissionary minister De Jonge said in the House that the app should be suitable from that day on to generate vaccination certificates. Now access to, for example, a festival or a football match requires a negative test, even if you have been vaccinated.
To ensure privacy, the controller can only see on the app the date of birth and initials of the data subject, not whether someone has been vaccinated, tested or recovered from corona. A QR code ultimately gives access.
A week later, on 1 July, the app should also be able to be used for holiday trips abroad, but De Jonge explained that there are still some hard nuts to be cracked in the EU. Member States have different ideas on how that Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) should work.
“ We strive to achieve as much harmonisation as possible, but I do not rule out that we will eventually have to agree bilaterally with some EU countries,” De Jonge said.
Valid only 14 days after vaccination
Some Member States want a DCC to be issued only 14 days after vaccination, because protection against the virus will only be optimal. But that would mean that people cannot go on holiday right after vaccination, or have to do a corontest.
The Netherlands will insist within the EU that vaccination gives almost direct access to foreign countries. All vaccines must be accepted and all countries must agree whether one prick is enough for travel. Our country also wants the risks of countries to be assessed differently.
Now a country does not go green until there are less than 25 contaminants per 100,000 inhabitants. Our country wants to raise that border to 75 per 100,000 inhabitants. The Netherlands currently has around 200 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, but that number is falling rapidly. Also for orange areas the border should go up, the Cabinet finds.
Testing Validity Term
There is also a difference of opinion between EU countries on the validity period of corona-virus testing. Some countries require a PCR test that is no later than 48 hours old, but this would mean that tourists travelling to southern Europe with an overnight stay will have to take a test along the way. PCR testing should be valid for 72 hours, rapid testing 48 hours, is the deployment of the Cabinet.
In addition, the Netherlands wants children under the age of 12 to be exempted from the testing obligation. In the current proposal, only children under 6 do not need to be tested.
Next Tuesday, EU ministers will meet in Luxembourg to adopt the regulation on the Digital Corona Certificate. The Dutch parliament must therefore approve an amendment to the law before it can enter into force on 1 July.