Less chaos was caused by the shutdown of the digital vaccine ID system in England

The COVID-19 digital vaccine ID system, operated by the English National Health Service, was unavailable from almost four hours late Wednesday in local time, causing less chaos, mainly at airports.

The digital vaccine ID card is a convenient and effective way to prove vaccination during a global pandemic, but it carries some risk if the population is over-reliant on the systems that serve them. At least a good example of this was yesterday’s failure of the background systems of the English National Health Service (roughly the equivalent of the Hungarian National Center for Public Health).

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In the UK, NHS servers serve the digital vaccine ID card, which is otherwise quite popular in the country, so significantly more people use it to prove vaccination than a paper-based ID card (there is no plastic security card in Hungary similar to the Hungarian one). However, the back-end systems were unable to service requests from smartphone clients between 11:45 and 15:15 yesterday, causing less chaos in traffic, especially in international air traffic.

A BBC report According to the NHS system, due to the shutdown of the NHS system, several passengers were stuck at major international airports because they could not provide credible proof of vaccination. Airlines handled the problem differently, so there were those who were offered a ticket for a later flight if they performed a PCR test on the spot, but passengers also reported a case where they were turned back at check-in after not being able to prove their vaccination.

Although the NHS app can store vaccination data offline for 30 days, or the ID can be inserted into Apple Wallet, these options are not turned on by default, so most can only retrieve data from the app if they have a live Internet connection and a working infrastructure.


Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.

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