This is how the digital vaccination certificate works with CovPass and CWA

The starting shot for the digital vaccination certificate in Germany has been given. Instead of the yellow vaccination booklet, the vaccination status for the corona vaccination can in future also be verified with the CovPass app or the corona warning app on the smartphone. But how do you get the vaccination certificate on your smartphone and which data is saved? Here you will find answers to the most important questions about the digital vaccination record.

How do I get the digital vaccination certificate?

The vaccination certificate is provided in the form of a QR code. In principle, this should be issued by the vaccinating agency, i.e. the doctor’s practice or the vaccination center. Anyone who still receives their vaccination should in future receive the vaccination certificate directly. The necessary infrastructure is currently still being built.

Anyone who has already been vaccinated has been able to have the digital vaccination certificate issued in the pharmacy since June 14, 2021, although there were also initial difficulties here. The yellow vaccination booklet or another certificate, which will be checked on site, is required for proof. Participating pharmacies can be found on the website Interrogate. In some federal states, the QR codes should also be sent by post or made available via an online portal.

The documents issued before the date in the vaccination center, some of which also contain QR codes, do not yet correspond to the EU vaccination certificate and cannot be scanned by the apps. The QR codes that can be found on some stickers in the yellow vaccination booklet cannot be scanned as proof of vaccination.

How do I import the QR code onto the smartphone?

You need an app to save the digital vaccination certificate on your smartphone. The import of the vaccination certificate is with the Corona-Warn-App possible as well as with the specially developed for this purpose CovPass-App.

Install and open the desired app on your smartphone. Hold the smartphone’s camera over the vaccination certificate to scan the QR code. Now the vaccination certificate is saved on the smartphone.

If you have received two QR codes, make sure to scan the code of your first vaccination first, then that of the second vaccination. If you have accidentally recorded the second vaccination first, this can lead to an error message. The only thing that currently helps is to delete the app and reinstall it. It is currently not possible to delete a code within the app.

If the import was successful, the digital vaccination certificate is now also displayed in the app as a QR code, which in turn can be read out by a test app. The QR code is valid from day 15 after the second vaccination as proof of complete vaccination protection.

By the way: The QR code that is displayed in the app can also be scanned with the CovPass app or the Corona warning app and the vaccination certificate can be imported onto another smartphone. This is useful if, for example, you want to keep the vaccination certificates of all family members on multiple devices. Make sure, however, that you do not post your code publicly, as other people could also read the data.

What data does the digital vaccination certificate store?

The vaccination certificate contains the following information: surname, first name, date of birth, illness (against which the vaccine is being vaccinated), vaccine, product, manufacturer, dose number, total doses, vaccination date, country and issuer of the technical certificate as well as the unique identification number for the certificate (UVCI for short).

When the digital vaccination certificate is created, this data is sent once to the RKI for signature. According to RKI the data will then be deleted again immediately. They are only saved locally in the CovPass app or the Corona warning app on your smartphone. If you delete the app, the data stored in it will also be deleted.

If the QR code is read out by the CovPassCheck app to check the vaccination status, only vaccination status, last name, first name and date of birth are displayed.

What is the difference between CovPass and the Corona Warning App?

Both the Corona warning app and the specially developed CovPass app can import the vaccination certificate and display the vaccination status via a QR code. If you already use the Corona warning app for contact tracking, you don’t have to download a new app. Evidence of recovery from a corona infection or a negative corona test should also be able to be saved and displayed in both apps in the future.

In the CovPass app, the digital vaccination records can be saved by several people. For example, you can manage the vaccination certificates of children, partners or parents who do not have a smartphone themselves in an app. In the Corona warning app you can only a person’s vaccination certificate deposit.

Both apps have the same technical requirements: They can be installed on smartphones that run at least Android 6.0 or iOS 12. IOS 12.0 is specified as a prerequisite for the CovPass app and iOS 12.5 for the Corona warning app. Both iOS versions can be used on iPhones from the iPhone 5s.

Both apps are open source. Thanks to the open source approach, anyone can openly view the source code and check it for possible errors. This should ensure a higher security of the applications.

How is the digital vaccination record read out?

The vaccination status can be checked via the CovPassCheck-App can be read out. The app reads the QR code made available in the CovPass app or Corona warning app and shows the vaccination status as well as the surname, first name and date of birth. The data should then be compared with the identity card or another identification document for control.

The EU vaccination certificate is primarily intended to enable travel within the EU. Thus, when entering an EU country, one should expect that the vaccination status will be queried. However, there are no restrictions on who can install and use the test app. In this respect, restaurant operators or event organizers could also use the CovPassCheck app to check the vaccination status of their guests.

Take a look at which app is used to read the QR code. The app icons are quite similar: the CovPass app shows a white sign on a blue background, the CovPassCheck app a blue sign on a white background. When you scan the QR code, the test app should only display your vaccination status with a green tick, as well as your last name, first name and date of birth.

Can I use the digital vaccination certificate without a smartphone?

You don’t need a smartphone to prove your vaccination status. If necessary, you can also show your vaccination certificate printed out on paper. The CovPassCheck app should also be able to read this out.

Of course, you can still use your yellow vaccination booklet to prove your corona vaccination.

Is an internet connection necessary for the digital vaccination certificate?

As soon as the QR code is displayed in the CovPass app or the Corona warning app, it can be called up and shown at any time without an existing internet connection. The CovPassCheck app also does not require an internet connection to check the QR code shown.

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