As they started to roll out Covid-19 vaccines, governments world-wide are grappling with how to keep track of those who have been immunized.
The Czech Ministry of Health will launch a unified register of residents who have received the vaccine. At the moment, hospitals keep records of vaccinated people, entering their data into their own databases.
“The unified register will start working in the coming days. The proof of vaccination will be issued in printed and electronic forms, which will make it easier to travel abroad,” said Veronika Placha, a representative of the Faculty Hospital in Brno.
Knowing who has a vaccine could enable economies to open up more quickly. Airlines are among the companies that could benefit from the data. Getting vaccination information directly from the government could allow them to more easily clear passengers for overseas travel.
However, some governments have said they wouldn’t disclose the data to private companies and that people would need to decide for themselves whether to provide their vaccination status to businesses.
Spain follows the opposite way
Spain is to set up a registry of people who refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus and share it with other European Union nations, the health minister has said. Salvador Illa said the list would not be made accessible to the public or to employers.
“What will be done is a registry, which will be shared with our European partners… of those people who have been offered it and have simply rejected it,” he said.
According to a recent poll, the number of Spanish citizens who have said they will not take the vaccine has fallen to 28% from 47% in November.
Three stages vaccination in the Czech Republic
- In the first stage, those at high risk of infection or serious illness will be vaccinated, including anyone over 65 years of age, and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, severe obesity, cancer, kidney or liver disease, severe diabetes, and those who have received transplants. This group also includes medical staff in intensive care units, emergency rooms, rescue services, and lung departments, as well as hygienists, lab technicians, and staff and clients of social services.
- The second group will include key workers, including general practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, firefighters and police officers, staff in the energy sector, members of the government, and crisis staff.
- The third stage of the vaccination will be open to the general public, according to interest. According to the forecast of the Ministry of Health, vaccination of the general public (stage three) should begin in May 2021.