EU digital COVID vaccination certificate

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The vaccination certificates of adults, confirming the completion of the initial course of vaccinations, are valid nine months instead of the current one year. More precisely: in order for the certificate to be valid, no more than 270 days may have passed since the completion of the initial course of vaccinations (i.e. the last shot that is not a booster dose). The change has to do with all valid (i.e. it includes those certificates that were created when the period of validity was one year) as well as new vaccination certificates.

The initial course of vaccinations is considered completed after the administration of:

  • two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine Comirnaty
  • two doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccine Vaxzevria
  • two doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Spikevax
  • one dose of the JanssenCOVID-19 vaccine
  • one dose after recovery (the so-called equated to a vaccinated person, 1/1 on the certificate)

If you have received a booster dose, your vaccination certificate is valid for 12 months (365 days) starting from the date of receiving the booster dose.

The validity of the vaccination certificate for people up to 18 years of age is valid without a term

Starting from April 12: the validity period of the vaccination certificate of children and youths under the age of 18 is valid without a term, including upon crossing the border within the European Union. If a youth is turning adult soon after vaccination, his vaccination certificate is valid for 270 days starting from his last dose of the vaccine.

In the case of a close contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, vaccinated persons who have not received a booster dose are exempt from having to quarantine for 9 months or 270 days after vaccination.

Those for whom the booster dose was a second dose have to renew their certificate at digilugu.ee in order to extend its validity.

The change applies to those who, before February 1, 2022:

  • received two single dose vaccines (e.g. one dose of Janssen + a booster dose)
  • received one dose of vaccine, recovered from the disease and then received a booster dose

Important! If the booster dose has been administered and the certificate is not renewed, the checking application will mistakenly consider the certificates that have the "2/2" marking as the initial course of vaccinations that are valid for nine months. When the certificate is renewed, the number of the booster dose that was the second dose is marked as 2/1

How to renew the certificate if the booster dose was your second dose?

  1. Log into the Patient Portal digilugu.ee with an ID card, Mobile ID or Smart ID
  2. Press the green button "EU digital COVID certificates" on the left
  3. Press the button "Start the creation of an EU digital COVID certificate"
  4. Choose a certificate from the drop down menu on the page (EU digital COVID vaccination certificate) and push the button "Continue"
  5. Save or print the certificate. An expired certificate will be automatically replaced in Digilugu.

Last updated: 11.04.2022 13:15

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Starting from April 11, 2022: the vaccination certificate of children and youths under 18 years of age is valid without a term, including when crossing the border within the European Union. If the young person becomes adult soon after the vaccination, his certificate of initial vaccination is valid for 270 days, starting from his last dose of the vaccine.

In case of a close contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, the vaccinated minors are exempt from having to quarantine for 9 months, i.e. 270 days after the last vaccination.

Last updated: 11.04.2022 16:37

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When you log into the Patient Portal (www.digilugu.ee), there is an option to change roles in the upper left side on a gray background. By choosing a correct role from there, you can create a vaccination certificate to a person you are representing.

Last updated: 21.06.2021 15:03

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Yes, it is possible to do both the second and the additional dose (the so-called third shot) in Estonia, if the course of vaccinations was started with a vaccine that has a marketing authorisation of the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/BioNTech's Comirnaty, Moderna's Spikevax, Janssen's Jcovden, AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria, and Novavax's Nuvaxovid) and the person has a reliable certificate proving prior vaccination.

The certificate has to contain at least the following in a clear and understandable manner:

  • who was vaccinated (name, last name, personal identification code or passport number);
  • what disease was vaccinated against;
  • the name of the vaccine (names, if this applies to a combined scheme);
  • how many doses were administered;
  • when each dose was administered;
  • who vaccinated (the logo of the institution/the stamp of the health care service provider, name etc).

After vaccination it is also possible to create an EU COVID vaccination certificate at the Patient Portal.

You can find information about different vaccination opportunities at the web page vaktsineeri.ee.

Last updated: 06.05.2022 16:24

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You can create and download the digital COVID certificate immediately after the vaccinator has entered the relevant information in the health information system. The health care service provider must forward the information on vaccination to the health information system within one work day of confirming the immunisation notice in its own information system.

Last updated: 12.08.2021 17:29

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The COVID certificate becomes valid when a person has achieved maximum protection after vaccination.

The length of the period after which the certificate becomes valid after the second shot is different for different vaccines. The maximum protection is considered achieved according to the manufacturer's instructions:

  • 7 calendar days after the second vaccine dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine
  • 15 calendar days after the second vaccine dose for the AstraZeneca vaccine Vaxzevria
  • 14 calendar days after the second vaccine shot for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • 14 calendar days after the single vaccine dose for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

An example: if the second dose of Comirnaty was administered on Monday, the certificate will become valid on the following Monday.

Important: the periods of maximum protection might be different in different countries. Whether the certificate meets the requirements in force in Estonia can be checked from kontroll.digilugu.ee (in Estonian), the application also allows checking whether the vaccination certificate is valid in several other European Union countries.

Last updated: 25.11.2021 20:18

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No, you do not. Each person who has received COVID-19 vaccine can get a vaccination certificate by logging into the Patient Portal (www.digilugu.ee). If information about your vaccination has not reached the Patient Portal, you must turn to the health care service provider who performed the vaccination in order to get information.

Last updated: 12.08.2021 17:27

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No, you do not. If you have been vaccinated in another country, you can use an immunisation certificate received in that other country to prove your vaccination status. Estonia recognizes all those vaccinations that are recognized in the person's country of departure (including, for instance, vaccination courses completed with Sputnik V, Sputnik Lite, Sinovac, Sinopharm etc).

You can only get the digital EU COVID certificate in Estonia if your course of vaccinations was completed in Estonia.

Last updated: 25.11.2021 20:24

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By logging into the Patient Portal (www.digilugu.ee), a person who has received the COVID-19 vaccine can create an immunisation certificate for themselves or reproduce previously created valid certificates. A certificate can be opened and downloaded in the Patient Portal. At a check point, the vaccination certificate can be presented on a smart device or printed out on a paper.

Estonians and foreign nationals with an Estonian personal identification code who cannot create their own EU COVID certificates in the Patient Portal can submit an application for it at all the service bureaus of the Social Insurance Board. Those who wish to receive one have to fill out an application and take it to a suitable service bureau of the Social Insurance Board. After this, the EU COVID certificate will be sent to the person's e-mail address within three working days. More specific information can be found on the web page of TEHIK.

Last updated: 18.10.2021 12:21

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).