In a February e-mail, Norway’s health institute recommended vaccine cards, not full vaccine passports

FHIPhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB

In a professional recommendation to the government from February, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) wrote that a digital vaccination card would be introduced, not a full passport.

If one creates only vaccine cards, then there would be no need to create a vaccination certificate register in the first instance, the FHI wrote in its answer to the Ministry of Health’s question about establishing a vaccine passport.

The answer was delivered to the ministry on February 22, but it was published on Friday.

With such a solution, it would be possible to determine one’s vaccine status with a digital solution, but neither identity nor the vaccine status would be directly verifiable.

Used for health personnel

The card would first and foremost be used for health personnel internationally, not for border personnel.

The FHI also requests that the possibilities for requiring users to present such vaccine cards be mapped out of concern for privacy rules.

In conclusion, the FHI noted that it is very uncertain how long there will actually be a need for such a vaccine certificate.

“There is still too little knowledge today about how the pandemic will develop, the real effectiveness of corona vaccines, and the overall effect of the various countries’ corona vaccination programs. In 2021, there will also be more clarity on the real needs and areas of use for the solution, nationally and internationally,” they wrote.

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