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THL boss proposes new format for digital Covid pass

The new certificate would include vaccines against diseases other than Covid-19.

Director General at THL Markku Tervahauta Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Director General at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) Markku Tervahauta has recommended that Finland begin using a new digital vaccination certificate in place of the current Covid pass.

The EU digital Covid pass contains three different certificates: one that indicates the holder has been vaccinated against Covid-19, a certificate of a negative test result and a certificate that confirms if the person has recovered from the disease.

In an interview with Yle's A-studio on Wednesday, Tervahauta suggested that in addition to the Covid-19 vaccine, the new certificate should include a record of vaccines that the holder has received against other diseases.

It would also omit information about whether the holder has contracted or recovered from Covid-19. According to Tervahauta, the certificate could be used, for example, when travelling to other countries.

"This would be a bit like a digitalised version of the traditional "Yellow Card," which is a paper or cardboard international certificate of vaccination," he stated.

Last month, the government restricted the use of the Covid pass in most parts of the country. While THL does not recommend reintroducing the pass at this stage, Tervahauta noted that it could be included in the vaccination certificate at a later stage.

Tervahauta and THL Director of Health Security Mika Salminen have submitted their official assessment of the current Covid pass to the government. According to a report by MTV (siirryt toiseen palveluun), (in Finnish) both recommend that the pass must be updated to include at least three doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.