Going to the beach, traveling to distant countries, getting to know other cultures – that’s what many Swiss are missing right now. The silver lining is the grafting pass that now takes increasingly tangible forms.
The Swiss parliament established the legal basis for the fraud-proof vaccine certification as early as the spring session in March. Since then, a working group set up by the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) has been working diligently to elaborate.
Vaccination data confusion must be eliminated
This primarily involves a comparison of various application solutions – according to “Tages-Anzeiger”, about 50 providers applied to the federal government for this contract. Today, BAG wants to choose the most suitable – and then uses it to register all corona vaccines in a nationally uniform way.
Because so far, different vaccination centers have not been able to agree on a system. Vaccination centers, medical practices, pharmacies and hospitals record their data in completely different ways. According to the newspaper “Tages-Anzeiger,” OneDoc software is used in certain cantons, while the alternative product VacMe is used elsewhere to record vaccine data. And medical apps and pharmacies use completely different programs such as Abilis, AD Swiss or Dosumedis.
Doctors and pharmacists want to solve data chaos
This data chaos now needs to be processed so that it can be transformed into a uniform, counterfeit-resistant and internationally recognized certificate. As Tages-Anzeiger writes, doctors and pharmacists want to shake hands with the federal government.
The FMH physicians association and the pharmacists association Pharmasuisse jointly launched a certification service that will be integrated directly into existing software systems. These two associations say they save a lot of time in the preparation of the vaccine certificate. This is especially important because time is of the essence. After all, FOPH’s goal is still: The vaccination certificate will be available by summer.
BAG spokesperson Nani Moras tells the daily newspaper, especially those who are vaccinated, tested or immunized, should receive a QR code in paper form, which can be scanned with a mobile phone and presented via the app. It is important that the data is stored only with the certifiers and relevant persons.
Is Switzerland doing a common goal with the EU?
Switzerland should not be in a hurry on its own. Everything points to someone participating in the European Union’s solution: the Digital Green Certificate. Only then would trips to beloved EU countries be possible again soon.
This feeds hope – and rightly so. Because, according to “Tages-Anzeiger” sources, the exchange between Switzerland and the EU on vaccine registration is extremely intense. The EU even changed the text of the regulation on this matter. The vaccination article no longer talks about “citizens of the Union”, but more objectively about “persons”.
However, several questions still need to be clarified on the EU side for the EU-Swiss vaccine passport to be implemented. People in Switzerland are optimistic about the vaccine certification. From the point of view of Federal Data Protection Officer Adrian Lobsiger (61), there seems to be little in the way of a European solution. (dbn)