Wednesday December 08, 2021

Metropolitan not to issue COVID certificates for vaccines taken abroad

Published : 13 Nov 2021, 00:52

  DF Report

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The Metropolitan Area- the cities of Espoo, Helsinki and Vantaa- do not issue EU Covid certificates for vaccines administered abroad, said the City of Helsinki in a press release on Friday.

If anyone needs an EU Covid certificate, the authorities ask them to contact the place where they received vaccine.

It has been recommended that the municipalities would issue EU Covid certificates for vaccines given abroad, even if some of the municipalities in the capital region do not even have the technical means to provide Covid certificates for persons who were vaccinated abroad, the press release said.

The municipality records the vaccines that they give in the online patient information system, and those records generate the EU Covid certificate at My Kanta Pages. The municipalities are therefore not officially issuing the certificates. The certificate that has been generated at My Kanta Pages can be printed out by the municipality if the client cannot print the certificate or download it on their smartphone.

If anyone is vaccinated abroad, the health care staff can add this information to the online patient information system, but My Kanta Pages do not generate a vaccination certificate for these vaccinations.

The EU Covid certificate is issued by the country or Finnish municipality where the vaccine was administered.

People are urged to request for their certificates from the country where they were vaccinated.

A Covid certificate issued by an EU country is accepted by all other EU countries as long as the certificate complies with the common practices. The EU Covid certificate serves as a Covid passport in Finland.

It is currently not possible to issue certificates to third-country nationals for vaccinations given abroad.