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Phone App With COVID-19  Vaccine Certificate Opens in Greece

December 28, 2021

ATHENS – The vaccinated in Greece now have the option of showing a certificate with other key data on their cell phones instead of pulling out papers to enter stores and other places, thanks to a new phone app.

The Digital Governance Ministry has activated the Covid Free Wallet to make it easier to present vaccination proof, or certificates of recovery, to get into retail businesses, restaurants, cafes, gyms and other leisure or entertainment venues.

“We noticed some difficulties in the inspection of certificates, as citizens also had to have their identity card with them to confirm the match. So, in order to serve them, while also protecting their privacy,” Deputy Minister Giorgos Georgantas told state broadcaster ERT.

“We basically introduced a section of the police-issued ID that contains only the (holder’s)] photograph, full name and date of birth. As of today (Dec. 28), this is embodied in the certificate. One page will show the certificate and the other the identification data,” he said.

The free app is available for download on smartphones and tablets at the covidfree.gov.gr website, as well as through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store too.

Users can store the document onto their device by scanning their certificate’s QR code or by downloading it as a PDF and clicking “Save to wallet.” Multiple certificates can be downloaded onto one device to make it easier for families.

Deputy Digital Governance Minister Theodoros Livanios earlier told Parliment that, “We have all noticed that when we go to a store, according to the measures that exist against the spread of the coronavirus, together with the certificate that we have on our mobile phone or in paper form, they ask us for the identity to see if the name coincides with the person who wants to enter a store.”

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