With administration for the jab running smoothly, Maltese authorities released the so-called vaccine certificate over a week ago, with many rushing to get their hands on the document for safe travels!
In case you don’t know, the vaccine certificate was unveiled in an effort to grant individuals some highly-anticipated freedom – facilitating safe travels and in what we hope is the near future, mass events.
You can only apply for the certificate once you’ve received both registered doses unless you’re taking the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which is a single-dose jab.
Then, 14 days after receiving your second dose or your single-dose vaccine, you may generate your certificate online here. You may also download the certificate multiple times just by logging into the government’s website.
At present, the certificate may only be used at the airport and when visiting the elderly in care facilities – but as aforementioned, the government plans on using the document for other purposes too. The health authorities are yet to announce any updates.
However, Public Health Chief Charmaine Gauci noted that you cannot download the certificate if you took one dose of the vaccine in Malta and the second dose abroad. Both doses must have been taken in Malta for a person to be eligible for the certificate.
As for where you can use the document, that depends on the countries’ rules. For now, Maltese authorities can only guarantee that the local one is recognised here until the EU unveils its own certificate. The local certificate is yet to be added to the EU’s list of official vaccine documents.
Meanwhile, for the time being, the certificate is valid for six months. What happens after this period is yet to be indicated by the authorities.