Could Austria’s Stop Corona app be used as a vaccine passport?

Could Austria’s Stop Corona app be used as a vaccine passport?
A close up of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photo: JOE KLAMAR / AFP
Austria’s Ministry of Transport is proposing to use the country’s Covid-tracking app Stop Corona as a possible test certificate or “vaccine passport” this summer.

Austria’s Ministry of Transport is proposing to use the country’s covid tracking app Stop Corona as a possible test certificate or “vaccine passport” this summer. 

Magus Brunner, secretary for Transport told the ORF Morgen Journal foreign travel would almost certainly not be possible without vaccinations or test results.

He suggested using the existing Stop Corona app would be a practical and cost effective method of providing a uniform test certificate or vaccination information. 

Around 1.4 million people have already signed up to the Stop Corona app. Brunner assured personal data would be protected even if the app was used as evidence of tests or vaccinations. 

He said the Stop Corona app could be ready by the summer. 

In a press conference earlier today, Health Minister Anschober said Austria’s vaccination rollout was going well, with more than 100,000 people fully inoculated against the virus.

However the plan was still dependent on the deliveries of vaccines.

He said he still expects everyone who wishes to be able to be vaccinated by summer, as part of the European vaccination program, and said by Easter two million doses should have been rolled out across Austria.

In the conference, Peter Lehner of the  Conference of Social Insurance Institutions (SVS) said a electronic vaccination certificate would help people to regain the freedom to travel, go to concerts or football games.

It would also make it easier to target vaccine skeptics or high risk groups. 

 

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