Greece is the first EU Member State to issue a vaccine card. The goal of the Athens government is to make it easier to travel between countries and thus save the summer tourist season, Euronews writes.
According to Euronews, the Greek government is confident that it will make it easier for those who have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel throughout the European Union.
Kiriakos Pierrakakis, Minister for Digital Policy, told the news portal that Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Micotakis has already submitted the proposal at European level. Greece wants the card to be a tool for concessions, he added. According to the minister, it is proposed that the possibility of presenting a negative test and going to quarantine remain at the border, but who has already been vaccinated should be allowed to enter the other country without restrictions. A kind of fast lane could be set up at the airports, the vaccinated could stand here and not where the others would go, Pierrakakisz explained.
In Greece, the system has been in place since Friday, with 55,000 ID cards issued by Monday morning to people who have already received both doses of the vaccine. However, there are still many problems to be found for widespread use: one is for countries to recognize each other’s cards, and it is also a legal question of what exactly should be written on the cards.
The Greeks are confident that the EU Member States will accept the card plan and are also very optimistic about it. They argue that this would prevent vaccinated people from being tested or quarantined when they cross the border, and that these resources could be used for the benefit of other citizens.
According to Euronews, several countries are interested in the Greek card, and bilateral agreements on its use abroad may be concluded in the near future.