Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Questions (210)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

210. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the reason the Covid certificate of recovery is only valid for 180 days from 11 days after a positive PCR result when the HSE is treating the period of immunity following Covid-19 as existing for nine months and informing those that have recovered that they do not need to restrict their movements and so on if they are a close contact for a period of nine months after having Covid-19; the reason the certificate of recovery is only valid for six months when the period of immunity is a period of nine months; if he will extend the certificates of recovery in line with the HSE official position on immunity, a period of nine months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49984/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a document which is issued to help facilitate enable the safe and free international movement of people across the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The scope and details to be included in each Digital COVID Certificate has been agreed at EU level and is standardized across the EU to allow for complete interoperability.

The dataset to be included in each Digital COVID Certificate is specified in Annex I of the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation. The dataset for a certificate of recovery includes the requirement that it is a ‘certificate valid until (not more than 180 days after the date of first positive NAAT test result)’.