EU digital COVID vaccination certificate

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Starting from February 1, the period of validity of the vaccination certificates of adults, confirming the completion of the initial course of vaccinations, is 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 pertains to all valid and new vaccination certificates (i.e. the vaccination certificate is valid for 9 months even if you have completed your initial course prior to February 1, 2022).

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)

After a booster dose, the period of validity of the vaccination certificate is for now extended by a year in Estonia, starting from the date of receiving the booster dose.

NB! Those for whom the booster dose was a second dose have to renew their certificate at digilugu.ee in order for it to have a reference to the booster dose.

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: 21.01.2022 12:38

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The Government will be discussing the matter of granting an exception to young people regarding the validity period of their COVID certificates for use within Estonia before the beginning of February. The option of maintaining a longer validity period for the certificates of young people is under consideration.

The validity period of the COVID certificates of minors is also being discussed in the European Commission, and the member states are searching for a common solution to the situation.

Estonia is awaiting the assessment of the European Medicines Agency regarding when and which vaccines would be best to use for booster doses to minors before recommending that minors get a booster dose. The discussions in the European Medicines Agency are ongoing and the decision might come at the end of January.

Last updated: 21.01.2022 00:43

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A person who has received COVID-19 vaccine can log into the Patient Portal (www.digilugu.ee) and create an immunisation certificate for himself or reproduce previously created valid certificates. A person can open and download the certificate at the Patient Portal. For a check, a person can present the certificate in a smart device or as a paper printout.

The vaccination certificate is valid for 12 months.

Estonians and foreign nationals with an Estonian personal identification code who cannot create their own COVID certificates in the Patient Portal can submit an application for it at all the service bureaus of the Social Insurance Board. All who wish to get the certificate can fill out the [application (DOCX)] (https://www.tehik.ee/sites/default/files/2021-08/Sert_vormis_erikeeled.docx) beforehand and print it out. The application must be taken to the suitable service bureau of the Social Insurance Board after which the COVID certificate will be sent to the person's e-mail address within three working days. The exact addresses and opening times can be found on the web page of the Social Insurance Board (in Estonian).

Last updated: 16.11.2021 19:37

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In addition to personal identification data it contains the number of the certificate; the disease against which the vaccination was performed; the active substance; the immune preparation; the holder of the vaccine's marketing authorisation; the number of required doses; the date and country of immunisation. It also contains the information on the issuer of the certificate.

Last updated: 21.06.2021 15:02

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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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Each person who has received a COVID-19 vaccination for which there is an immunisation notice that has been sent to the health information system by the vaccinator and that can be seen by the person in the Patient Portal, can log into the Patient Portal and let the system create a vaccination certificate.

Last updated: 21.06.2021 15:02

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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, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen, AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria) 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: 25.11.2021 20:43

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The current decision is based on contemporary scientific research. As soon as results from further studies emerge, the deadline will also be amended if necessary.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 20:18

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The vaccination certificate received from the Patient Portal is free of charge.

Last updated: 21.06.2021 15:03

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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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Yes, a legal representative can create an immunisation certificate for the person she is representing and representatives that have been given full rights at the Patient Portal can create an immunisation certificate for their wards.

Last updated: 21.06.2021 15:02

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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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All data on the COVID immunisation certificate are from the health information system where the health care worker is obligated to insert it within one work day of the vaccination. The user of the vaccination certificate does not need to remember and add any separate data.

Last updated: 21.06.2021 15:02

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You can assign the status of a person with full representation rights yourself at the Patient Portal (www.digilugu.ee). A person with full representation rights can see all your data (excl. time critical data and documents that your have closed off from the representative yourself) and do all transactions for you (update personal data, close single documents or the whole medical history off from a doctor, make expressions of will, and order a vaccination certificate). In order to assign a person with full representation rights you need to select "My data" and assign a person with full representation rights.

Last updated: 21.06.2021 15:03

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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).