Cyprus to issue temporary COVID vaccination certificate for travel

Source: Xinhua| 2021-06-08 00:33:37|Editor: huaxia

NICOSIA, June 7 (Xinhua) -- As of Tuesday, Cyprus will issue a temporary COVID-19 vaccination certificate to those of its citizens who wish to travel abroad, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The certificate will be valid for the month of June as the new European Digital COVID Certificate is scheduled to be introduced on July 1.

The ministry said that those traveling to Greece do not need a vaccination certificate as the Greek authorities accept Cyprus' vaccination card, which is issued at the vaccination centers after people receive the jab.

According to the latest data released by the ministry, 54.9 percent of the population above 18 years had received at least the first vaccine dose by last Friday.

The ministry said that 34.9 percent of the population aged 18 years and above had already completed their vaccination.

"The target of vaccinating 65 percent of the population by the end of the month with at least the first dose of a vaccine is feasible," it said.

Cyprus is using vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson, which have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The agency is currently conducting rolling reviews of four other vaccines, including COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell) Inactivated, manufactured by China's Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd. Enditem