COVID-19 Certificate: FAQ

COVID-19 Certificate: FAQ

A coronavirus certificate that contains the national COVID-19 vaccination certificate and the EU COVID-19 certificate and will be implemented in the My Kanta service is currently being prepared. The EU COVID-19 certificate contains three different certificates: A certificate for being vaccinated against COVID-19, a certificate of a negative test result and a certificate of having recovered from COVID-19.

The national coronavirus vaccination certificate will be introduced in May 2021. The EU COVID-19 certificate will be introduced in July.

The coronavirus certificate is implemented in the My Kanta service in stages.

First, a national coronavirus vaccination certificate will be introduced at the end of May and, in July, the EU COVID-19 certificate will be introduced. The certificates in MyKanta are free of charge.

The national certificate for corona vaccinations contains information on the coronavirus vaccinations received by each person.

The EU COVID-19 certificate, which will be introduced in July, will consist of three different certificates:

  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate  
  • Certificate of a negative COVID-19 test
  • Certificate of recovery from COVID-19.

This broader EU COVID-19 certificate can be verified in all EU countries. When the EU COVID-19 certificate becomes effective, it will replace the national COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

An individual will receive certificates from the My Kanta service after the vaccination or COVID-19 test information has been saved in the correct manner in the Kanta services.

In practice, the EU COVID-19 certificate is an electronic notification of the vaccination or test results that you can show on your phone and can also print it out on paper. A national COVID-19 vaccination certificate will be verified with a graphic code and the EU COVID-19 certificate with a QR code.

In general, travel should still be avoided, as the coronavirus situation is bad in many countries. Before departure, you should check carefully the corona situation in the destination country and, before you go back, the corona situation in Finland and the corona guidelines there.

How to get your vaccination certificate:

  1. Log on to your My Kanta Pages at kanta.fi using the identification token of your choice, such as online banking codes or mobile certificate.
  2. Select COVID-19 certificate from the left-hand menu. There is also a link to the certificate section on the front page of My Kanta Pages.
  3. To get your certificate click on the link “Check if you have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate (pdf)”. If you have a vaccination certificate, it will open in a new tab in pdf format.

The certificate will be available within five days of vaccination.

The national certificate of COVID-19 vaccination will be introduced on 26 May 2021.

The EU COVID-19 certificate will be introduced in July. This broader COVID-19 certificate would be used and approved in all EU countries after the EU regulation on the COVID-19 certificate has entered into force. The regulation should be adopted by the end of June, after which the member states will have six weeks to implement it.

Before the COVID-19 certificate can be introduced, the patient information systems in use will need to be modified in order to transfer all the information necessary for the COVID-19 certificates to My Kanta.

A national certificate for being vaccinated against COVID-19 will be available on the My Kanta service after the vaccinator has recorded the vaccination information in the Kanta services. As a rule, the vaccination certificate is available within five days of the vaccination.

With the introduction of the national coronavirus vaccination certificate at the end of May, it may, however, take some time before the vaccination information is updated in the Kanta services, as much of the vaccination information is recorded retrospectively in the information systems.

If the certificate is not available on My Kanta and you need a certificate immediately, contact your healthcare unit to check the vaccination information.

The EU Digital COVID certificate is valid for 12 months.

The national COVID-19 vaccination certificate is only available through the My Kanta service. However, you can receive another certificate of an administered vaccination from a healthcare provider.

The EU COVID-19 certificate will also be available through the My Kanta service. Persons who do not use the My Kanta service can receive a printout of the EU COVID-19 certificate from their own health centre or other health care unit.

You can get your certificate from My Kanta after the organisation that administered the vaccination has properly uploaded the vaccination information into the Kanta services. The certificate is generally available within five days of the vaccination. In May and June access to the information for some recipients of the vaccine may be delayed because of corrections made retroactively to the vaccination information in different data systems; if you cannot find your certificate in My Kanta yet, please be patient – your information will be there soon. If you urgently need a vaccination certificate, please contact the organisation that administered the vaccine.

The national coronavirus vaccination certificate has been available from My Kanta from 26 May. Information on the certificate is in Finnish, Swedish, and English. Information in the EU COVID-19 certificate, which will be introduced in July, will also be in Finnish, Swedish, and English.

A national coronavirus certificate is available only for vaccinations that have been administered in Finland. The possibility of including coronavirus vaccinations taken in another EU country or a country outside the EU in the Kanta services is now under examination. Questions related to issues such as legislation and health care procedures need to be clarified before certificates can be given in My Kanta for vaccinations given in other countries. We will give out more information once decisions are made on the matter.

 

The vaccination certificate and other COVID-19 certificates available on My Kanta are intended for personal use.

The national COVID-19 vaccination certificate can be used when crossing borders only in those EU countries that approve such certificate. EU countries thus can decide for themselves whether to approve a national certificate in border crossing situations. Therefore, the national COVID-19 vaccination certificate does not guarantee that you can travel freely throughout the entire EU. Before departure, the traveller will have to find out what kind of certificate the destination country requires and whether the national COVID-19 vaccination certificate contains information sufficient for the purpose.

The EU COVID-19 certificate, which is to be introduced in July, would be valid in EU countries at the latest when the EU regulation on the COVID-19 certificate has been adopted and entered into force. The regulation is likely to enter into force on 1 July after which the member states have six weeks to implement it. This means that EU countries may not be ready to issue and read certificates at the same time. It is up to each EU country to decide whether to require the EU COVID-19 certificate for entry into the country.

In accordance with the EU Regulation, the purpose of the COVID-19 certificate is to facilitate free movement during the corona pandemic.

Finland is a participant in international cooperation on COVID-19 vaccination information. The aim of this is to ensure that a Finnish COVID-19 certificate is compatible with the international model and that a COVID-19 certificate available on the My Kanta service would also be valid in other countries if it is required in those countries.

The EU COVID-19 certificate is the only certificate that will most likely be approved by all EU countries. As for other certificates, it is up to each EU country to decide which certificates to accept for entry into the country.

The electronic COVID-19 certificate should include at least the following information related to coronavirus vaccinations:

  • necessary information on the person who was vaccinated
  • information on the vaccine product administered
  • information on administering the vaccination
  • identifying data of the certificate, such as information on the organisation administering the vaccine.

Yes. An indication of each vaccination dose will be given on both the national COVID-19 vaccination certificate and the EU COVID-19 certificate. EU Member States themselves decide whether they require one or two vaccination doses from persons arriving in the country.

Because the electronic or printed COVID-19 certificate and its QR code contain personal data, we recommend that you not share the certificates or images of them for example on social media. Store and use the certificate carefully like any other document that contains information about you.

The My Kanta national certificate of COVID-19 vaccination only contains information on the corona vaccinations a person has been given.

In addition to the vaccination certificate, the EU COVID-19 certificate, which will be added to My Kanta in July will include certificate of COVID-19 test results and a certificate of recovery from COVID-19. In practice, these will all be separate certificates.

For the passenger, this COVID-19 certificate will be easy to obtain and present: everyone will be able to present the certificate on their own mobile device or print it out on paper. The certificate will be free of charge.

No health professionals will be required to issue the certificate – it will be automatically generated in the My Kanta service, which will save resources for other tasks.

It will be easy for EU countries to read arriving passengers’ COVID-19 certificates that will be uniform across the Union. Each country will decide for itself what certificates will be required for entry into the country and whether they will require, for example, one or two vaccination doses. Under the EU Regulation, a member state is required to accept the EU COVID-19 certificate, if the member state also accepts other corresponding certificates.

The Finnish COVID-19 vaccination certificate will be launched in May, in advance of the EU COVID-19 Certificate, because a lot of development work has already been done. Although the technical implementation of the certificate is not yet complete, information on the administered coronavirus vaccinations is already available through the Kanta service.

The EU COVID-19 Certificate will be launched later, because it can be used only after the EU regulation has entered into force. At the same time, it will be ensured that people can get information about their COVID-19 tests from all healthcare units in a comprehensive and uniform way.

A national COVID-19 vaccination certificate can already facilitate travel in May-June, as it is easily accessible by the traveller and can be accepted by other EU countries if they so wish, even though the EU regulation is not yet in force by that time.

Implementation and scheduling of the project would be the responsibility of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM) would be responsible for the project as a whole and for the preparation of regulations and international cooperation among ministries.

The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) will deal with making the necessary changes related to the COVID-19 certificate in the My Kanta service and will be responsible for My Kanta customer service and customer communications.

The preliminary cost estimate for the electronic COVID-19 certificate is € 3.5 million. The estimate includes, among other things, the costs of developing the My Kanta service and making changes to the patient information systems, so that the information they contain would be passed on to the Kanta services in the correct form.

The sum also includes costs of recording vaccination information using a possible separate Kanta-certified application or web service if the changes required by a vaccination certificate could not be implemented for all patient information systems that are in use.

In addition, the estimate considers costs of the work of experts from THL, Kela, STM, and other organisations, and communications and marketing of the COVID-19 certificate.

The goal is that in the future, it would be possible to get a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, as well as certificates of all other vaccinations, as well as laboratory work and other tests from the My Kanta service. The funding would be used to establish a foundation for this development work that would come later.

Vaccination information can be found in My Kanta. My Kanta has a new Vaccinations section where vaccination information will become visible as recording the information by health care services is updated.

If a health care service unit is already recording vaccinations in the new way, vaccination information will be seen in My Kanta according to which vaccine is involved. Vaccines recorded in the old way will continue to be shown according to the time that they are administered.

My Kanta can only show vaccination information that has been recorded after the health care unit has joined the Kanta service.

A certificate of COVID-19 vaccination can be provided after the first vaccination.

The authenticity of both the national COVID-19 vaccination certificate and the EU COVID-19 certificate will be digitally verified.

The authenticity of the national COVID-19 vaccination certificate will be verified with a graphic code and the EU COVID-19 certificate with a QR code. The authenticity of the certificate printed on paper will also be verified digitally with a graphic or QR code.

 

At the moment, it is not being planned that the COVID-19 certificate could be shown on a payment card or a debit card.

Several parties are considering the use of certificates with other technologies, such as chip cards. Sitra (the Finnish Fund for Independence), among others, is conducting its own investigation on a COVID-19 vaccination certificate that could be attached to a payment card, but it is not linked to or affected by the COVID-19 certificate from My Kanta.

The COVID-19 certificate is drawn up in My Kanta, which is a nationally comprehensive and widely used online service. On the My Kanta e-Services, citizens can see their health information, such as diagnostics, laboratory data and prescriptions.

Last updated 10.06.2021